Kenny Jackett has informed The News, Portsmouth, that Ross McCrorie has temporarily returned to Rangers.

The Gers loanee sustained a hamstring injury playing in a midweek EFL League One clash for Portsmouth at home to Southend United.

McCrorie limped off just before half-time at Fratton Park. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old was forced off after 40 minutes and yesterday, Jackett asserted that he would miss 4-6 weeks of action. Yet, it appears that Rangers also wanted to have a look at their player, just to be sure.

‘He went into Rangers for a scan and an initial assessment,’ Jackett told The News, Portsmouth. ‘They’ll be sending him back on Monday. He’ll be doing all of his rehab here.’

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‘Ross was going up anyway to meet up with the Scotland under-21s…they’ve been in touch already and we’re pretty similar in our views of where it is.’

‘It’s quite a straightforward injury. Once things settle down for him a little bit then he’ll get back to work next week.’

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Some of the recent pressure lifted off Kenny Jackett’s shoulders after a much needed 4-1 win in midweek. (Photo bt Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Verdict

Rangers have clearly taken a ‘better safe than sorry’ approach here, taking a look at McCrorie’s muscle injury for themselves.

 

It’s good news that nothing additional has been flagged up, but the Ibrox Academy graduate still faces a frustrating month or so on the sidelines.

The Scotland youth international had just begun to get a run in the team after suspension, a lack of form and question marks over his best position had seen him struggle for consistent playing time.

He’s made eleven appearances to date, with nine of those coming in the league.

Pompey, who were fancied for promotion before the season began, have fallen way short of expectations, and currently sit 13th in the English third tier.

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