Dailly’s Robby gets a taste of Rangers action

Dailly teenager Robby McCorie got the opportunity to spend some time with the Rangers first team this weekend.

The 16 year old goalkeeper from the village was on the first team bench for the Ibrox men for the first time as Rangers won 1-0 in their Scottish Cup tie away to Dumbarton.

McCrorie, who signed his first professional contract with Rangers alongside twin brother Ross in April this year was given the nod by boss Ally McCoist to join the first team squad for Saturday’s game.

With first team goalkeeper Cammy Bell a long term absentee along with deputy Steve Simonsen picking up an injury earlier in the week, Rangers were forced to start third choice keeper Lee Robinson, which paved the way for McCrorie to sit on the bench.

It was a massive statement of confidence in the teenager who has starred for Scotland U17s this year, particularly in the European Championships in May, where the Scotland youngsters reached the semi finals of the tournament.

If Robinson had got injured or sent off at any point on Saturday, then McCrorie would have made his first team debut.

It wasn’t to be but having had the opportunity to be with Rangers U20s this season, this was another step up for McCrorie who despite his young years has already reportedly been watched by English Premier League teams Manchester City, Manchester United and Sunderland.

As the Carrick Gazette went to print, there was a chance McCrorie could have again been involved with the first team squad as they headed to play Cowdenbeath last night (Tuesday) in a Championship match.

With twin brother Ross recently starring in a 3-0 win over Motherwell in the development league, the future looks bright for the Dailly twins who are both clearly highly regarded within the management team at Ibrox.

Robby later said on Twitter on Saturday that it had been a great experience to have been involved with the first team squad on the day for the Dumbarton match.