July 19, 2024

Philippe Clement had hoped to secure Robby McCrorie to a new long-term contract before he secured his exit from Rangers, according to the Scottish Sun.

The newspaper shared on its website (10 July) that the 26-year-old stopper has ended his nine-year association with the Ibrox club to sign a two-year deal at Kilmarnock.

McCrorie had made his desire for regular game-time clear earlier in the summer, and despite Aberdeen previously looking most likely to sign him, it’s Kilmarnock who have secured his services [Daily Record, 24 May].

Robby McCrorie transfer announcement at Rangers

Given how much McCrorie had made clear that he wanted to play more often at Ibrox, his departure is hardly a shock for Clement [Daily Record, 4 June].

With Butland the undisputed – and deserved – number one, McCrorie made a solitary Scottish Cup start in place of the 30-year-old Englishman last season, showing his low status in the pecking order.

The arrival of Liam Kelly from Motherwell only restricted McCrorie’s first-team chances further this summer, and him moving on from Ibrox looks to be beneficial for all parties.

Had the 26-year-old waited until the end of his contract to move on, the Gers would have received zero financial recompense, and collecting a fee from Kilmarnock could assist their transfer plans [The Rangers Review, 5 June].

Butland and Kelly, alongside highly-rated youngster Mason Munn, still give the Gers plenty of goalkeeping options, while McCrorie will no doubt relish coming up against his former side between the Killie sticks next season.

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