Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has stated that Ross McCrorie has the right-back position in his hands after Brandon Haunstrup picked up a knee injury.
McCrorie has been on the periphery of things recently and has started just five games at right-back for Portsmouth so far this season.
His campaign has been hampered with suspension and injury but the Rangers loanee now has an opportunity to make the position his own with Haunstrup out injured.
Jackett has admitted that he is ahead of James Bolton in the Pompey pecking order and believes that the player can now crack on, starting with Saturday’s game at Accrington Stanley.
Speaking to the Portsmouth News, Jackett said: “I think Ross is ready. He is now ahead of James Bolton.
“Generally, if you are looking at Ross, you can definitely see there’s a player there.
“He’s not quite had a run, there has been a sending off, substitution and injury, but I still see a player and there is a lot of the season to go.
“Hopefully he is able to crack on now. It is his to lose.”
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He is a talented player, and for this level of football McCrorie can be a great addition but Portsmouth fans have to remember that right-back isn’t his preferred position so at times he can look vulnerable.
McCrorie is predominantly a central-midfielder and has a great ability on the ball, which could come in handy for Pompey’s defence in terms of their ability to distribute the ball to the midfield throughout the coming games.
It’ll be interesting to see how he gets on once again in this position, but like Jackett has stated, it is his to lose now so he must make the most of the opportunity.