Rangers youngster Ross McCrorie has admitted he’s already feeling the pressure at Portsmouth this season, but that his upbringing at Ibrox means he’s more than prepared, as reported by the Daily Record.
Pompey are amongst the favourites for promotion to the Championship this season, but have struggled in their opening fixtures and currently languish in 17th place, just three points clear of the bottom three.
They’ve got a chance to climb the table this weekend as struggling Southend visit Fratton Park, with McCrorie admitting the pressure to succeed is already something he feels with Kenny Jackett’s side.
“I’m already feeling the pressure from the Pompey fans but I can handle it due to my upbringing with Rangers,” said the 21-year-old.
“I’ve grown up with pressure all my life from being a Rangers player since I was a kid. Some people can’t handle the pressure, they crumble, but I feel I thrive under pressure.”
McCrorie has been played in midfield this season but also spent time at full back after being sent off in the opening fixture. Versatility is something he’s willing to offer, despite seeing himself very much as a central player.
“I played right back one game as cover after I came back from suspension. A player was injured and the gaffer asked me to do a job at right back. I’ve been back in centre-mid since then. I feel as if I’m an out and out midfielder.
“I can play in defence as cover but the gaffer at Portsmouth knows I’m a midfielder.”
McCrorie has been capped up to Under 20 level by Scotland and has 55 senior appearances to his name for the Ibrox giants.
There is definitely some value in bringing in players like McCrorie who already understand pressure. The weight of 18,000 fans at Fratton Park must seem inconsequential when you’ve had 50,000 at Ibrox hoping you do well.
McCrorie is a talented young player who will add value to the Pompey side. He’s clearly level-headed and isn’t going to let that pressure affect him adversely. However, having been at Rangers, he will know how to use it as a motivation.
He could be a key player for Kenny Jackett is he gets a run of games in his natural position.