Ross McCrorie was taught a harsh lesson on Saturday by Portsmouth manager, Kenny Jackett.

The 21-year-old is on a season-long loan at the EFL League One club from Rangers.

He was tipped for big things before the season began [The News, Portsmouth], but his stint got off to the worst possible start last weekend when he was sent off during an opening day defeat.

Perhaps overly eager to impress at his new side, McCrorie was sent off on debut. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Dismissed for two bookable offences at Shrewsbury, McCrorie found himself suspended for the midweek League Cup clash against Birmingham.

In his absence, Pompey produced an impressive 3-0 win against Championship opposition through goals from Ellis Harrison (2) and Ben Close.

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Consequently, Portsmouth took plenty of confidence into Saturday’s first home league game of the season, against Tranmere Rovers.

 

Portsmouth boss continues McCrorie punishment

Unfortunately for McCrorie, though, there was no route back into the side following his suspension.

Jackett opted to extend the defensive midfielder’s punishment and to stick with a winning formula.

The manager’s call was vindicated, too. The hosts ran out comfortable 2-0 victors, with a goal in each half.

McCrorie will have to earn his spot back under Jackett. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

McCrorie watched on from the bench, as two of his competitors for a midfield slot, Ben Close and Tom Naylor, got themselves on the scoresheet.

Pompey travel to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light next weekend but with the team winning two on the bounce and his midfield rivals producing the goods, the loanee may need to be patient over the coming weeks.

It’s still early days yet, but he’s found out the hard way that keeping his discipline is crucial. When he eventually gets a chance back in the side, he’ll only cement his spot if he curbs his overexuberance.

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