These are exciting times for Ross McCrorie.
In an ideal world, the 21-year-old midfielder would doubtless have liked to have been turning out at Ibrox yesterday against Derby. However, circumstances have dictated that he is better off elsewhere this season.
He sealed a loan move to Portsmouth earlier this month and now, competitive action is finally on the horizon. With it, comes the opportunity to show exactly what he’s made of.
The blue nose played 88 mins for his adopted side on Saturday, in a 2-1 win at Crawley Town. That represented Pompey’s final proper run out ahead of their EFL League One campaign, which kicks off against Shrewsbury this weekend.
Following this final warm-up fixture, McCrorie took to Twitter with a message for the fans.
— Ross McCrorie (@RossMcCrorie4) July 28, 2019
Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was largely well-wishing Bears who responded.
smash it young man show them what your made of #rangersfamily 🔴⚪️🔵
— True Blues Loyal®️™️🔴⚪️💙⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@TrueBluesLoyal) July 28, 2019
Well Done Ross. Go Boss it down there and come back and play your part at Rangers 🔴⚪️🔵🇬🇧👍🏻
— Craig Gallagher (@CraigieG73) July 28, 2019
All the best, Ross. Tear it up down there and come home next summer. I’m sure the Bears will be keeping an eye on how you’re doing. 👍🏻
— Rangers Retro Podcast 🎙⚽️ (@RangersRetroPod) July 28, 2019
He just needs regular games, he's an outstanding talent and can go on to be a great footballer, experience is key to reaching the top
— 🇬🇧Scott 🔴⚪💙⚒🇬🇧 (@scottGH1207) July 28, 2019
Future captain. 💪 Good luck boss 🇬🇧
— Jamie Logan 🥀 (@jamie_deter) July 28, 2019
Best of luck for the season ahead wee man go prove to SG and @RangersFC that you should be at ibrox.
— Erskinestew16 (@erskinestew16) July 29, 2019
Rangers fans support McCrorie
As a product of the youth academy, McCrorie was always likely to be popular after breaking into the Rangers first team. These responses prove just how highly he’s rated by some of the supporters.
He didn’t do much wrong last season. Now, though, with the prospect of a 40-50 game EFL campaign, he has the chance to take his game to the next level.
Greg Docherty has shown that if apply yourself and stand out whilst on loan, it can do wonders for your reputation back at Ibrox.
McCrorie is playing in the same league and will no doubt be looking to make a similar impression. We’ll be keeping a close eye on him as the season unfolds, so make sure to check back here for updates on his progress.