ROSS MCCRORIE hopes he will be back on the park sooner rather than later as he looks to get over his first major injury at Rangers.

The 19-year-old hasn’t played since the Old Firm draw at Parkhead last month and will miss the Scottish Cup clash with Fraserburgh tomorrow night.

A foot injury he sustained against Ross County several weeks ago flared up whilst Graeme Murty’s side were in Florida during the Premiership shutdown.

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And McCrorie has been forced to watch on from the sidelines as the Gers have beaten Aberdeen and Ross County in recent days.

He said: “It’s getting there, it’s a case of rest and allowing it to heal itself and hopefully I will be back soon.

“It was a relief not to have had to go for an operation as that would have kept me out a lot longer so I’ll take the word of the physios and docs that rest is all that’s needed to heal it.

“It happened in the Ross County game and I played through it. They thought the period of rest in the first week off in January would help but it didn’t work so I get a scan and it showed a few things up, although I don’t want to go into too much detail.

“It’s bad enough, it’s not really ideal but hopefully it will heal soon.

“They’ve said a few weeks, so I’m going with that. It’s a week by week thing to see how it progresses and if it doesn’t something else will need to be done.”

McCrorie has made 19 appearances in Light Blue this term as he has made the most of his chance to impress at first team level.

And the Auchenhowie kid admits it has been difficult not being able to play his part with Murty’s side in recent weeks.

McCrorie said: “Yes, incredibly frustrating, there’s nothing worse than sitting watching everyone out in training when you can’t contribute, especially as I had been playing regularly before that. I don’t want to any further problems so I know I have to give it the time to heal properly now.

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“This is the first time I’ve ever been injured until now, it has only been little niggles before I’ve managed always to play through. I’ve never had anything like this before so it is a new experience.

“I’ve got Donald McNaughton, the mental skills coach, to help me through it. He tells me to stay positive but it is difficult to stay positive when you are doing gym work every day and can’t kick a ball.

“The manager asks every day how I’m getting on and has urged me to get my rest and not rush it. He just wants it sorted.”