Ross McCrorie is looking forward to regular action in the Granite City as he leaves Rangers for Aberdeen.
The versatile Rangers youth product spent last season on loan in League One with Portsmouth down south last term. He returned to Rangers in the summer but it became clear the he wasn’t going to get senior minutes.
A move to Hibs seemed on the cards for him but at the final hour it would appear, Aberdeen have swooped in to take him to Pittodrie. McCrorie joins Derek McInnes’ men initially on loan, but will sign a three-year deal next summer.
Hibees chairman Ron Gordon had spoken publicly about the Leith club’s ambition to sign McCrorie. Despite that deal looking all but done, Dave Cormack and the Dons have managed to come in at the 11th hour to secure this transfer.
Aberdeen return to action on Thursday against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park and it’s a game McCrorie is fit and ready for if required. He’s opened up on the reasoning behind his north-east move.
“I am really looking forward to it,” said McCrorie (Red TV). “I have had a look around and the facilities here at Cormack Park are different class. I have seen pictures of it before, but when you actually see it in real life, it is very impressive.
“I feel at the age I am at I just want to be playing regular first team football, that is why I told Rangers that I wanted to leave. It’s for the good of my career that I had to leave, to develop as a player and I feel as if Aberdeen is the right place for me to go on and improve myself as a player and as a person.
“I heard of Aberdeen’s interest a couple of days before I signed. Aberdeen is a massive club, so I was flattered when I heard the club was interested in me. I spoke to the gaffer and when he explained about the ambition here, that made it a no brainer.
“I wanted to come up to Aberdeen and I’m really happy that I will join on a permanent deal after this season. It’s a huge club. There is a lot of history around the club with its success in European football as well.
“Everything that the gaffer said was right for me and I felt immediately as if this was the place for me to come and develop as a player and to move my game on. I’ve played against Aberdeen in the past and what I liked about the gaffer is that he knew exactly how I played. He spoke to me about a couple of positions that I can play.
“I can play a few different positions, but I am more or less a centre midfielder. Last season I was at Portsmouth and I played right-back down there. At Rangers, over the last couple of seasons I have played in centre midfield. Being able to play a few different positions can help out the team and the gaffer and it gives him a few different options.”