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Caixinha, Tavernier and Twitter single out player for praises following Rangers’ defeat

The dust has settled following Rangers’ defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Celtic on Saturday, and manager Pedro Caixinha has few positives he took away from the encounter.

One of such is the promising quality of young defender Ross McCrorie, who stood in for the injured Bruno Alves.

The 19-year-old was only making his second competitive appearance for the Gers, but he nevertheless put in an outstanding and composed performance beyond his years.

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha was impressed with McCrorie’s outing, and did sing his praises after the clash, telling the press: “He is a player I don’t have doubts about. I like Ross a lot and he did really well. He didn’t shake, he didn’t fail the test. That’s his mentality. He did his job.”

McCrories came on as a substitute in midweek’s League Cup win over Partick Thistle to replace the injured Portuguese international, and his full debut, while marred with a 2-0 loss that now leaves Rangers trailing Celtic by 8 points, went well.

Right-back James Tavernier shares the same sentiment with the Portuguese boss, weighing in his own verdict of McCrories thus: “I thought young Ross had a cracking game for his Old Firm debut.

“He showed great signs of being a promising young player. As long as he keeps his head down and works hard, he’ll be a cracking centre back.”

The performance of the Scotland youth international also drew plaudits from fans on Twitter, and here are some of the best reactions.