Rangers midfielder Ross McCrorie has insisted that he’s joined Portsmouth on loan to help get the Fratton Park side back into the Championship – and is confident his experience at Ibrox so far will help him impress at Pompey.

McCrorie joined Kenny Jackett’s side on loan until the end of the season and hopes to help them go one better after losing out in the playoffs in the season just ended.

MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - APRIL 07: Alex Gorrin of Motherwell is challenged by Ross McCrorie of Rangers during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on April 07, 2019 in Motherwell, Scotland.

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The Scotland under-21 captain thinks playing in Old Firms and other big games will hold him in good stead as he looks to establish himself on the south coast.

“I’ve played nearly 60 games at Rangers. I was given my chance a couple of years ago – and I’ve not looked back,” McCrorie told the Portsmouth News.

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“I’ve played in Old Firm games and picked up a few victories in them this year as well. I’ve played in a lot of big games and that will hold me in good stead.

 

“I had loans when I was a youngster but that was when I was a young puppy before I established myself at Rangers.

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“But this is a totally different situation. I’m coming to England to establish myself at Portsmouth. I want to get the club up into the Championship.”

Rangers fans were a bit disappointed with the decision to let McCrorie go out on loan but concede that playing regularly should help his development.

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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Hopefully, McCrorie will have a similar amount of success in League One as Greg Docherty last season with Shrewsbury and can come back and fight for his place in the side.

The sheer wealth of options available to Gerrard in midfield this season mean it makes sense to let McCrorie go out with Steven Davis, Scott Arfield, Glen Kamara, Ryan Jack and Joe Aribo all ahead of him.

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