The 20-year-old has been earmarked as one of the club’s most promising young players for several seasons now, but the holding midfielder has often been deployed in defence by previous managers Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty, including when he was shown a red card in the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Celtic at the end of last season.
But Gerrard claims McCrorie has been damaged by the experiences, and before handing him a start in the 2-0 win over Macedonia outfit FC Shkupi, the former Liverpool captain said to BT Sports, via the Sun: “You look at the centre-back position when we came in, we lost one of our main players on a free to Germany.
“We had a player playing at centre-back position that wasn’t his real position, who was 19 years of age and thrown in at the deep end, who could have been destroyed in terms of his career.
“We felt that decision was careless.
“We had a player at the World Cup who was 36 years of age.
“So that was the main priority to try and address, that’s the reason why we went out and spent the money we did on Connor Goldson, and also the reason why we bought Katic as well.”
McCrorie played the entire 90 minutes in the victory at Ibrox, and cruised through most of the proceedings, but what do you make of Gerrard’s comments?
Was playing McCrorie in the centre of defence such a potentially damaging idea?