Ross McCrorie says he is “incredibly frustrated” at missing out for Rangers through injury but hopes to return in a “few weeks”.
The 19-year-old has been a revelation for the Ibrox side this season after being handed his senior debut by former boss Pedro Caixinha against Partick Thistle in September.
He has played in central defence and more recently as a defensive midfielder but aggravated a foot injury during the winter break and has been told to rest after previously trying to play through it.
“I’m in rehab just now so it’s all about just resting it and seeing how it will heal from there. Hopefully it’s not too long, maybe a few weeks,” McCrorie said.
“It’s just really seeing how it reacts from resting it. Hopefully that will be it more or less healed.
“I’m not going to lie, I’m incredibly frustrated right now. Watching everybody train from the window at the gym – I can’t really run yet – is really frustrating. But I’ve just got to take my time, though, as I don’t want to have any longer-term injuries.”
When McCrorie does return to first-team action he will line up alongside a number of new faces, with Rangers having added Sean Goss, Jamie Murphy, Russell Martin, Jason Cummings and Greg Docherty to the squad during the January transfer window.
He believes those additions have had a positive impact on the team and says competition for places is healthy.
“They have made a huge difference and the quality has definitely gone up,” he said.
“It’s healthy for everyone to have that competition for places as well, and everyone is going to be looking over their shoulder for players that are maybe not getting as much game time.
“They are always there and will always be looking to play as well. For Jason [Cummings] yesterday to get his first goal, I’m happy for him and that’s him off the mark now.”
Sky Sports News has learnt there is a groundswell of support from inside the Scottish FA for Scotland U21 coach Scot Gemmill to be considered for the senior manager’s job.
McCrorie has played under Gemmill and was full of praise for the 47-year-old.
“I think Scot is a great coach, I’ve had him all the way up since I was U16s so I’ve had him up the years in the Scotland teams,” he said. “I think he is a really good coach, especially on the training pitch, with all the players he is really good to talk to as well.
“I had him just recently there on my last trip with the U21s and he has a good track record and if he does end up getting it then good on him.”