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Portsmouth Keen On Tying Down This Rangers Loanee Permanently: Should Gerrard Sanction The Transfer?

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Rangers, under Steven Gerrard, have been a resurgent force despite their downfall since the winter break. The gaffer brought in an array of new names to reconstruct the side but also loaned out a few so that players on the fringe of the squad could experience gametime elsewhere. While many of them might have to find a new club in summer once the season gets over, it is getting quite complicated for Ross McCrorie though amid Portsmouth’s decision of trying to make his move permanent after impressing on loan.

The 22-year-old homegrown prodigy is quite a famous face in Govan for his passion towards his boyhood club, versatility and commitment on the pitch. He already registered more than 50 senior appearances for the Bears before making the move and soon established himself as a key first-team individual under Kenny Jackett in the third tier of English football.

How He Has Been Deployed At Portsmouth

Although he was utilised in defensive midfield or central defence during his Rangers days, the Pompey boss opted to deploy him as a right fullback to put his pace, aggression and tireless runs to use week in, week out. Despite a slow start, the Hampshire side managed to turn things around of late and climbed up to the fourth position in the League One standings prior to the suspension of the game.

 “I think all of those four lads, in common with the team, have done really well this year. If the league continues, in regard to the contracts, all of that needs to be thought about. As loan players, their contracts tend to end on a certain date that was deemed to be the end of the season. Now it’s not the end of the season, potentially.”

The above was revealed by the club’s chief executive Mark Catlin (as quoted by the Daily Record) who is willing to tie McCrorie down to Fratton Park on permanent terms.

Why Rangers Must Not Sanction A Permanent Transfer

Rangers, meanwhile, need strengthening in a few areas where they lack enough cover to challenge the regulars. Ryan Jack has been a revelation deep down the midfield, but the gaffer failed to slot in an able alternative when the Scotsman missed a few games due to injuries and suspension.

Both Matt Polster and Jon Flanagan had an underwhelming season amid concerns over their form and fitness. McCrorie’s return would boost the Light Blues with more quality to challenge and cover skipper James Tavernier as well.

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