Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has confirmed that young Gers midfielder Ross McCrorie has a call-back clause in his loan contract with League One side Portsmouth.
The Ibrox youngster was farmed out on loan with a view to getting consistent game time at Fratton Park.
— Portsmouth FC (@Pompey) July 5, 2019
Highly rated by Rangers, this clause shows just how much the Ibrox club and Steven Gerrard value him.
“There are different reasons why you suggest loans to players,” said Steven Gerrard, as quoted by the Herald.
“Ross McCrorie is in a very similar situation to what the Doc was in 12 months ago.
“Where they are at in their careers, they needed to go and play 40-45 games.
“In your career, your first 150 games are probably the ones where you learn the most. And you probably need to play quite regularly to do that.
“We are hoping that Ross follows suit and has a real strong, positive loan and he can be back with us in a year’s time.
“We have got a call-back on Ross, but I’ve got no plans to call him back if the loan is positive. I can’t pick Kenny Jackett’s team, but I hope he plays quite regularly.”
The news will be refreshing to Rangers fans who were originally worried about the player’s future.
Many of the club’s supporters spoke out after reports claimed the loan includes an option-to-buy for Portsmouth at the end of the season.
But Steven Gerrard was quick to nip those reports in the bud not long after, categorically denying such a clause existed.
Perhaps the reports caught wind of a clause and put two and two together, getting five?