Rangers loanee Ross McCrorie made amends for conceding a first-half penalty by grabbing a key assist as Portsmouth defeated MK Dons 3-1 at Fratton Park on Tuesday night.

The 21-year-old was making his first league start of 2020, having proved his fitness following a hamstring injury.

Rangers loanee McCrorie has had injury problems but returned to the Portsmouth starting XI against MK Dons. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

Slotting into his increasingly familiar right-back role, the Scotland youth international saw his side go ahead early on through Andy Cannon.

On the stroke of half-time, though, he made an error which ultimately cancelled out the lead.

MK Dons were awarded a penalty after he felled Rhys Healey, and Alex Gilbey promptly converted from 12 yards.

The parity wouldn’t last long, though, and the Ger made up for his lapse by registering the assist for the all-important third goal of the game.

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Pushing forward down his flank, he picked out John Marquis in the box, who finished from close range to restore the advantage.

McCrorie has played mainly at right-back during his time in England. (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The game remained tight up until the 86th minute when Carlton Morris was sent off for the visitors and Marcus Harness capitalised on the man advantage to make it 3-1.

Remarkably, following a poor start to the season when fans were calling for manager Kenny Jackett to be sacked, Pompey have won 12 of their last 14 matches in all competitions. That’s now six consecutive home league wins, too, which is their best run since 2002.

It’s been a loan spell littered with misfortune so far for McCrorie but he will be hoping for an extended run between now and the end of the season as his adopted side look to secure, at the very least, a spot in the playoffs.

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