Scot Gemmill says Ross McCrorie is well aware of the ‘opportunity’ he has on both the domestic and international scene just now.

The defensive utility man, capable of playing CDM, right-back or centre-back, completed a loan move to Aberdeen from Rangers last month. It’s a deal that will become permanent at the end of this campaign.

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McCrorie has been brilliant for Aberdeen since joining from Rangers. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

A promising prospect out the Rangers academy, Derek McInnes has been eager to bring him to Pittodrie for a while. He’s finally got his man and McCrorie has started excellently in red, earning lavish praise from his new boss.

On the international scene he’s captained many Scotland youth sides and he’ll do so again today when Gemmill’s U21s team take on Lithuania during a UEFA Euro U21s Championship qualifier.

The Scots youth boss has commented on Aberdeen’s Rangers loanee prior to the game, saying the battler is just at the start of his exciting progression.

“We also have experienced players in the group who will help the younger ones such as Ross McCrorie,” said Gemmill.

“We’ve consistently selected Ross and I know Derek McInnes recently described him as a ‘Rolls Royce of a player’. We’ve known that for a long time and that’s why he’s captained our youth teams.

“He knows he’s got it all to do and this is just the start but he’s really excited about the opportunity he’s been given, both for his club and country.”

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