Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has admitted that he’s glad he “persevered” with Rangers loanee Ross McCrorie after a difficult start to his spell at Fratton Park – but believes that the Scotland under-21 captain has “found his feet on the south coast” despite being ruled out for up to six weeks by injury.
After a red card on his Pompey debut, McCrorie was in and out of the side, to begin this season, but had since forced his way back into the starting XI at right-back before a hamstring injury picked up against Southend United.
Jackett concedes that McCrorie still has to learn from his earlier bookings but is adamant “there is a player there” in the versatile star.
“He brought a lot to our game and is learning all the time. In terms of bookings, he has to be careful and learn from that – and he can and will keep improving,” Jackett said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“He has found his feet now, there have been quite a number of changes in the summer and he is one of them. I am pleased with him.
“We persevered with him and there is a player there, definitely.”
There are high hopes for McCrorie while he’s at Portsmouth and a season playing regularly should really help ready him for a place in the first-team at Ibrox.
Competition for places in Steven Gerrard’s starting XI is tough just now and it’s good to see McCrorie had finally forced his way into the side at Portsmouth as warming the bench down there could well hasten the end of his Ibrox career.
While his spell on the south coast shouldn’t be viewed as make-or-break for him, there’s certainly enough that could go wrong that it could have a long-lasting effect – however he’s shown plenty of resilience so far to get back into the side and it will almost certainly be the same once he’s fit again.