Rangers loanee McCrorie says SFA figure Mackay wants positional change
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Rangers loanee McCrorie says SFA figure Mackay wants positional change

Rangers loanee Ross McCrorie says that SFA director of performance, Malky Mackay, wants him to make a permanent switch to right-back, as quoted by The News, Portsmouth.

The 21-year-old left Ibrox in the summer to join EFL League One outfit Portsmouth on a season-long loan deal as he searched for regular playing time.

McCrorie takes a breath during a recent FA Cup outing against Arsenal. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

He’s come up against more than his fair share of hurdles so far including suspension, time out of favour, and most recently, injuries.

However, he’s currently enjoying a run in the team at right-back.

It’s a position Bears won’t have seen him in before, but one in which he’s operated for the majority of his loan stint.

‘Since I have been down here I’ve been given more freedom to go and show what I can do, the gaffer has told me to use my pace and go up and down the line,” he said, as quoted by The News, Portsmouth.

It’s not just Kenny Jackett who is keen on turning McCrorie into a full-back, though.

He’s played there before for Scotland U21s, while SFA performance director, Malky Mackay, also believes it’s his best role.

‘With Scotland, I haven’t got a right-back in my team, so I’ve been pushed into there and feel I’ve excelled as well,” he continued.

‘Malky Mackay and Scott Gemmill are pushing me to play right-back, both have been encouraging me to be fair. They have been pushing me to play there, we’ll see what happens.’

SFA director of performance Mackay clearly sees a future in Rangers Academy graduate McCrorie playing right-back. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

First and foremost, it’s good to see McCrorie speaking about his game with confidence, despite all the setbacks he’s had to deal with this season.

Up until recently, his loan stint seemed destined to fail, and even now he’s only just past 20 appearances for the campaign.

It’s intriguing to hear that behind the scenes at the SFA, though, a person as elevated as Mackay is looking to intervene with the young Bluenose.

Outside of Ryan Jack, the Gers haven’t had any representatives in recent Scotland senior squads, but given there’s a weakness at right-back in the senior setup, perhaps McCrorie is currently seen as the long-term solution.

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