ROBBY MCCRORIE hopes his relegation battle with Morton will help prepare him for life in the Rangers first team.

The keeper made the move from Ibrox to Cappielow in January as he was reunited with former Light Blues coach Jonathan Johansson.

McCrorie would play an integral part in keeping the Ton in the Championship as they eventually finished in fifth spot.

It was the second stint that the 21-year-old has had away from Rangers following a loan in League Two with Berwick last term.

Now the shot-stopper will return to Ibrox this summer and see what the future holds as Gers boss Steven Gerrard prepares for his second campaign in the dugout.

McCrorie told “The loan went very well and I enjoyed my time at Morton.

“My first loan move was to Berwick, and this season the aim was to take a step up to the Championship.

“In terms of the clubs in the league, it’s very competitive.

“That’s what I needed; I needed games that would be a challenge, and I feel, come the end of the loan, I was comfortable at that level.

“Being at Morton for six months benefitted me a lot, especially being in an environment where we were under pressure for a wee while. It was in our own hands, but we were under pressure to pick up points.

“There are players livelihoods at stake. Fortunately we ended up finishing in fifth, but if we had been relegated to League One that could have had a massive affect on everyone.

“I felt that I came through that period and it stands me in good stead for the future.

“If I want to be a Rangers No.1 in future, I need to be able to handle pressure, so it has been really important for me.”