Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has suggested that Ross McCrorie’s future could lie at right-back after the on-loan Rangers midfielder won a recall for Pompey against Lincoln.
McCrorie has struggled for game-time on the south coast since his loan move to Fratton Park but Jackett thinks moving him back into defence can benefit his side.
McCrorie started his career as a defender before being converted into a holding midfielder but still regularly features at the back for Scotland under-21s and Jackett is looking to take advantage.
“We will see how that develops with Ross and whether we can turn that into, not just carrying the ball, but then breaking lines going forward,” Jackett told the Portsmouth News.
“I do think it’s a position where, if Ross can find his bearings, there’s a really good athlete coming out from the back.
“He’s played there against Coventry, when I thought he put in a good performance, and came on against Sunderland in that position as well, doing well going forward.
“Three of his four games for Scotland under-21s this season have been at right-back, so it’s a position I think his athleticism can bring a lot to us.”
Last night was McCrorie’s eighth appearance for Pompey since joining on a season-long loan and there remains the possibility that he returns to Ibrox in January.
While Gers boss Steven Gerrard has been adamant that McCrorie is a midfielder, the 21-year-old has played in defence as much as he had midfield this season.
The versatility of playing a few positions will be a benefit to Rangers but it could actually make it a bit more difficult for McCrorie to nail down a place in the starting XI if he continues being moved around.