Rangers midfielder Ross McCrorie will spend the next 12 months at Portsmouth after agreeing a season-long loan at Fratton Park – but the Gers midfielder should use Steven Gerrard’s assessment of Greg Docherty’s loan as inspiration.

Doc spent last season at Shrewsbury, cleaning up at their club Player of the Year awards, and has returned to Ibrox this season looking to cement his place in Gerrard’s midfield.

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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When Docherty headed south, many thought it was the first step in what would essentially amount to a year-long goodbye for the midfielder but the midfielder appears to have really impressed Gerrard with how he has matured during his spell in Shropshire, with the Gers boss calling him a “changed man.”

McCrorie now has the chance to do similar at Pompey and should take some reassurance from the fact that Docherty has been able to return and come into the first-team picture.

 

The Gers boss told The Herald that he feels the pair are in a similar position and McCrorie should grab the opportunity with both hands in League One and return to Ibrox a much-improved player.

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vGLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 29: Greg Docherty of Rangers is seen during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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There’s definitely a long-term future for McCrorie if he can continue to impress in the same way that he did in the first-team at Rangers – but he’ll need to do it consistently over the course of a season.

If he does, then there’s little reason that he won’t be a feature in midfield for years to come at Ibrox.

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