Rangers midfielder Ross McCrorie has insisted that the chance to go and play regularly at Portsmouth is a perfect chance to showcase what he can do and further his career.

McCrorie headed for Fratton Park earlier this month on a season-long loan deal and admits that he wouldn’t have got the same opportunity at Ibrox.

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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The 21-year-old wants to help Portsmouth win promotion to the Championship this season but conceded that it was a “hard decision” to leave his boyhood heroes.

“I want to play regularly and show people what I can do – and I didn’t think I’d get that kind of opportunity this season at Rangers,” McCrorie told the Portsmouth News.

“It was a case of I could have stayed if I was satisfied doing the same as I did last year, but I wasn’t.

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“I want to be playing as many games as I can. I have that drive to go and further my career, play bigger games, showcase what I can do – and obviously help Pompey win promotion this year.

“It was a hard decision for me to come down because I am a Rangers fan and it would be fantastic if we could win the league this year, but I’m thinking of myself as a football player.”

McCrorie is a big favourite with Rangers fans and many were dismayed to see him leave – even if only temporarily.

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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The midfielder’s development will be best served by playing consistently and, like Greg Docherty, a season in England should do him the world of good.

With tough competition for places at Ibrox right now, McCrorie should come back to Rangers a better player for his spell away and go on to cement his place in the side.

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