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West Ham United Eyeing Move For Talented Rangers Keeper: What Will He Bring To The London Stadium?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by The Daily Record, West Ham United are keeping a keen eye on Rangers goalie Robby McCrorie, who is currently playing on loan at Livingston. The same source has also stated that the Hammers have identified the Scotland Under-21 international as an ideal long-term successor to Lukasz Fabianski at the London Stadium with other top English and European clubs also keeping tabs on the player.

McCrorie’s Rapid Rise In Scottish Football

The Dailly-born prospect has enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Livingston where he has caught the eye for putting in a string of solid performances in between the sticks so far. He has featured in eight matches for Gary Holt’s side this term, conceding nine goals and securing two clean sheets across all competitions.

Even though McCrorie has played for Rangers at various youth levels and their reserve team, yet he is still waiting to get his first taste of senior-level football under the stewardship of Steven Gerrard. He has two years remaining on his current contract at the Ibrox Stadium with the Gers eager to tie him on a new deal after holding preliminary talks with the player already (via The Daily Record).

The Scottish goalie spent the first half of this campaign on loan at Queen of the South, where he performed at a high level which has resulted in him being named their player of the year. The 22-year-old has made 24 appearances for the Scottish Championship outfit this season, shipping in 33 goals while earning five clean sheets on all fronts.

What Will The Scottish Under-21 International Bring To The English Capital?

McCrorie’s ceiling is sky-high as he has all the skillset required to become a top keeper in European football someday. He is quite good with the ball at his feet and can position himself well to pull off some intelligent saves at the back. The Scottish prospect also boasts quick reflexes that allow him to make a few decent stops in goal, which has enhanced his reputation back in his homeland.

However, the jury is still out whether he can cope with the physicality and high intensity of Premier League football if West Ham can manage to bring him to the London Stadium this summer. David Moyes needs to build for the long-run if he wants to taste some success as the Hammers boss, so recruiting a keeper of McCrorie’s potential will undeniably be a step in the right direction.

The Scottish youngster will be a capable back-up to Fabianski at East London and can also provide some healthy competition for the Poland international in the coming seasons. Plus, Moyes can also choose to play McCrorie in the cup competitions so that he can get enough game time to develop as a goal-keeper in the years to come. All in all, the London outfit should try their best to sign the promising starlet when the transfer window reopens later this year.

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