Ross McCrorie hasn’t always been in the Portsmouth side this season, however, he has made 10 appearances in all competitions this campaign as his level of performance gradually grows to the required level.
Despite being sent off for two bookable offences on his debut against Shrewsbury Town, the defender has grown in confidence since signing on loan from Rangers in the summer and he put in a Man of the Match display against Oxford United on Saturday from right-back.
The 21-year-old is firmly playing his way into the first-team plans of Kenny Jackett and is now staking a claim to be starting week in, week out after having been a bench option earlier on in the season.
McCrorie is making a name for himself in the Football League following a career north of the border so far in Scotland, and his right-back display will have impressed Jackett and the Portsmouth fans alike at the weekend.
Also being adaptable to playing as a defensive midfielder, McCrorie is a youngster that isn’t scared of putting his body on the line when it comes down to it, and his tough-tackling approach to the game will quickly get his side on the front foot if he’s able to win the ball cleanly.
Should McCrorie start for Portsmouth tomorrow night against Southend?
McCrorie is clearly a defender that is buzzing with enthusiasm and confidence based on his past few weeks, it all building up to an impressive display against Oxford in which the Scottish youth international stood out amongst his fellow Pompey defenders.
First-choice right-back James Bolton had put in a good level of performance across the season however he could only watch McCrorie exceed his performance levels from full-back on Saturday with the loanee stopping at nothing to impress his manager.
The 21-year-old Scotsman has a reason to be delighted following his performance, as he has now given manager Jackett a selection dilemma as to whether McCrorie keeps the right-back berth or whether he moves the defender into a more central role.
The former Ayr United and Dumbarton loanee will be feeling confident that he may have done just enough to keep his spot in the Pompey side going forward, and his confidence will just keep building up the more Jackett selects the Rangers youth product.