Last week, Ross McCrorie joined Portsmouth on loan.

Steven Gerrard has since reiterated that the fan favourite has a big future at Ibrox, but that the decision to send him elsewhere was taken in the best interests of his development [BBC Sport].

With the likes of Glen Kamara and Ryan Jack offering quality combative midfield options, he simply wouldn’t have featured week in, week out with Rangers.

Kamara has cemented a spot in the team since joining from Dundee. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It should be a different story with Pompey, though, and it didn’t take McCrorie long to make his debut.

He started in midfield for his adopted side on Wednesday afternoon, in a friendly away to Irish side UCD.

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Comfortable debut for Ross

Judging by the scoreline, it seems to have been a straightforward maiden appearance. The English club took the lead through Ronan Curtis after 10 minutes and had a five-goal advantage by the interval.

There were to be no goals or assists for McCrorie, but that’s not really his game. After all, he’s only netted twice in 54 appearances for the Gers [Soccerbase]. It’s breaking up the play and pressing attackers that are his real strengths.

McCrorie puts in a challenge on Motherwell’s Alex Gorrin at Fir Park in April. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As is often the case in pre-season matches, the entire Pompey XI was changed at half-time. The goalscoring wasn’t done there, though, as Kenny Jackett’s side went on to record an 11-0 win.

Only 45 minutes for McCrorie, then, but he’s got his debut out of the way nice and early. It’s just under a month until the League One season begins and he’ll be hoping for plenty more outings before then, so he’s ready to hit the ground running in England’s third tier.

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