Rangers midfielder Ross McCrorie looks set to join Portsmouth on loan according to reports – but the Gers must resist any attempts by Pompey to have an agreement to buy McCrorie inserted into the deal.

The Daily Record report that the League One side looks to have “won the race” to sign the 21-year-old but want a clause in the deal that will allow them to sign him permanently.

MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - APRIL 07: Alex Gorrin of Motherwell is challenged by Ross McCrorie of Rangers during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on April 07, 2019 in Motherwell, Scotland.

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While it looks as though regular game time at Ibrox will be hard to come by this season, Ross still has a massive future at Rangers.

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The homegrown star has been hailed as a future captain of the club from a wide number of people and his performances have shown how important a player he can be.

Some of his performances in big games – Old Firm games in particular – have proven that he’s got everything that he needs to carve out a fantastic career at Rangers.

 

There’s obviously still some weaknesses in his game and, at this stage in his career, playing regularly is absolutely crucial so a loan move makes perfect sense.

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The prospect of Portsmouth, or any other club, having an option to make that permanent though is a step too far.

After being hyped up by successive managers, various legends and fans up and down the country, to suddenly sell him now could also come across as a bit of a slap in the face to the players coming through the Academy now.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Ross McCrorie of Rangers is seen in action during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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Rather than proving there is a pathway there, it would give the impression that even if you do get to the first-team and do nothing that merits being sold, you’re always likely to be replaced by the latest flavour of the month.

Gerrard, hopefully, doesn’t want to see McCrorie leave permanently either and will resist Pompey’s request – but if he doesn’t he might just make more problems for himself than he realises.

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