Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has played down worries over an injury picked up by on-loan Rangers midfielder Ross McCrorie in yesterday’s friendly with Crawley.

The midfielder was forced off late on in the 2-1 win but Jackett thinks if it had been a league game he would have ran it off.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Ross McCrorie and Scott Arfield of Rangers celebrates at the final whistle as Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Rangers fans have high hopes for McCrorie during his loan spell at Fratton Park and Jackett is hopeful it’s just a minor injury.

“Hopefully Ross will be okay,” Jackett told the Portsmouth News.

 

“He seemed to get a block tackle, I am sure if it was a league game he would have run it off.”

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McCrorie headed for the south coast on a season-long loan and has already won rave reviews for his impressive start – but he may now miss Tuesday night’s trip to Woking in Pompey’s final pre-season game.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Ross McCrorie of Rangers is seen in action during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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After seeing Greg Docherty make a similar move to Shrewsbury last season, McCrorie can really benefit from his time away from Rangers.

The chance to play regularly for a full season and challenge for promotion should really help him grow into a top-class midfielder capable of cementing his place in the Rangers side.

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