Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett stayed true to his word on Tuesday evening, starting Ross McCrorie in an unfamiliar position.

Earlier in the week, the Pompey boss claimed he would have no issue playing the 21-year-old at right-back [Portsmouth News], after a substitute appearance there at the weekend.

Jackett has come up with an unexpected solution to midfield selection headaches. (Photo bt Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Sure enough, when the League One outfit hosted Coventry City on Tuesday evening, McCrorie was named at full-back.

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As far as we’re aware, it’s not a position he’s been deployed in before at any level. Yet, Jackett has clearly seen enough to trust him to do a job there.

Rangers loanee Ross McCrorie gets game time

The Scotland U21 skipper went on to play the full 90 minutes, too, in what turned into a thrilling encounter.

Pompey conceded an early goal but turned things around so that by the hour mark, they led 3-1 with Coventry down to ten men.


McCrorie played the full game from his new berth. (Photo by Steven Hadlow/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

With the vocal Fratton Park crowd behind them, that really should have been enough.

Yet, a 75th-minute penalty got the visitor’s back into it and even though a red card to Gervane Kastaneer reduced Coventry to nine men, they netted again with four minutes left to snatch a 3-3 draw.


It continues a disappointing start to the League One campaign for promotion-chasing Pompey. They now sit 14th in the table with four points from four matches.

While we can’t imagine Steven Gerrard is happy with this positional change, the positive for McCrorie is that he’s got his first full 90 minutes of league action under his belt.

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