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McCRORIE EXPLAINS IBROX EXIT

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ROSS McCRORIE has revealed why he signed a season-long loan deal at Aberdeen.

The versatile Scotland Under-21 skipper insisted he had to quit Rangers for the good of his career.

And McCrorie will make the switch to Pittodrie permanent at the end of the season after being told he was surplus to requirements at Ibrox by boss Steven Gerrard.

Hibs had a £200,000 bid rejected, as Scotzine reported last week, and came back with an improved offer for the 22-year-old defender/midfielder, but the Dons got the move over the line in a £350,000, three-year deal.

After eight years at his boyhood heroes, McCrorie spent last season on loan at Portsmouth after previous temporary spells at Ayr United and Dumbarton.

Despite Gerrard initially ruling out another temporary switch, a compromise was reached with the Pittodrie club, who are obligated to buy the player next summer.

McCrorie told Red TV: “I feel at my age, I just want to be playing regular first-team football.

“That’s why I told Rangers I wanted to leave. It’s for the good of my career that I had to leave, to develop as a player. I feel Aberdeen is the right place for me to improve myself.

“Aberdeen is a massive club, so I was flattered when I heard the club was interested in me. I spoke to the gaffer and when he explained about the ambition here, that made it a no-brainer.

“I’m really happy that I will join on a permanent deal after this season. It’s a huge club. There’s a lot of history around with the club’s success in European football, as well.

“Everything that the gaffer said was right for me and I felt immediately as if this was the place for me to come and move my game on. I’ve played against Aberdeen in the past and what I liked about the gaffer is that he knew exactly how I played.

“I can play a few different positions, but I am more or less a centre midfielder. Last season, I was at Portsmouth and I played right-back.

“At Rangers, over the last couple of seasons I have played in centre midfield. Being able to play a few different positions can help out the team and the gaffer and it gives him a few different options.”

McCrorie is available for Thursday’s rearranged trip to St Johnstone – but it is Sunday’s home encounter with Livingston and twin brother Robby, the keeper who is on loan from Gers, which is most intriguing.

He added: “I don’t think we have ever played against each other at any level as we have always grown up together in the same team.

“So, if we both play on Sunday, it could be the first time we have played against each other.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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