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and just talked me through it. Danny Wil­son is an­other one who helps me a lot be­cause he has been in the same po­si­tion – he was a young player at Rangers com­ing through, he’s re­ally good for me.

“Danny’s great. He’s a re­ally good talker on the pitch. If there’s a striker on my shoul­der or some­thing he’s al­ways talk­ing to me and telling me where other play­ers are. He’s a great player.”

McCRORIE is cur­rently on in­ter­na­tional duty with Scot­land’s un­der-21 side, and he is hop­ing to start tonight’s clash against Ukraine at McDiarmid Park af­ter re­plac­ing the in­jured John Sout­tar in Fri­day night’s draw with Latvia.

But even in the team ho­tel, he is find­ing it hard to es­cape club mat­ters, with room­mate Ryan Hardie giv­ing him some stick about his cel­e­bra­tion af­ter scor­ing his first goal for Rangers against This­tle.

“Ryan Hardie showed me it a cou­ple of times in my room and slagged me about it!” he said. “I didn’t have one planned. I just went for the knee slide!

“I’d not thought about what I was go­ing to do. It hap­pened that quick – it was amaz­ing with the fans cel­e­brat­ing.

“It was a dream come true to be hon­est. The noise was in­cred­i­ble, and all the play­ers were con­grat­u­lat­ing me.”

McCrorie and the rest of the Scot­land team are hop­ing to get over that un­der­whelm­ing home draw against the Lat­vians by get­ting three cru­cial points against their qual­i­fi­ca­tion ri­vals this evening.

The re­sult saw the Scots drop to third in the group be­hind Eng­land and The Nether­lands, but they will leapfrog the Dutch if they can get a win in this game in hand.

“The boys were re­ally dis­ap­pointed, es­pe­cially af­ter go­ing to Latvia and win­ning and play­ing re­ally well,” he said.

“It’s huge. Ukraine are con­tenders and they’ll be out to get to­wards the top of the ta­ble.”

Pe­dro Caix­inha (left) gave Ross McCrorie his big chance in Septem­ber’s Old Firm

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