Ross McCrorie has been plying his trade on loan with League One side Portsmouth so far this season, after joining on loan for the season from Scottish Premiership side Rangers.
The 21-year-old progressed up through the Rangers academy and went on to captain their under-20s side, before spending time on loan with Ayr United and Dumbarton before establishing himself in the first-team at Ibrox.
Since making his Gers debut in the 2017-2018 season, he has gone on to make 55 first-team appearances and score two goals for the side, while often being used as a defensive midfielder as he developed the technical side of the game.
However, the youngster had often received criticism for not being man enough and for being too shy when going in for tackles, however Rangers fans will be pleased to see that McCrorie is ‘manning up’ while out on loan with Portsmouth.
Gers manager Steven Gerrard would have ideally loaned McCrorie out to the lower levels of English football so that he could improve the physical and mental aspect of his game.
Being technically good, the Rangers youth product needed to be more strong both on and off the ball as well as improve the mental aspect of his game, of which the young talent is doing well with at Portsmouth.
Will McCrorie become a regular at Rangers next season after a productive spell with Portsmouth?
When he’s been thrown into the deep end this season, McCrorie has risen to the challenges that have been asked of him by Pompey manager Kenny Jackett and has risen in confidence with all aspects of his game, including being positionally aware as a right-back against Oxford United on Saturday.
The defender is forever improving his game as he grows in confidence and his stock rises, the 21-year-old being able to play in a variety of positions and be able to play those positions well as his performances have got better over the three months at Fratton Park so far.
Rangers fans will be pleased to see that one of their own is becoming a fine, all-rounded player who is becoming more mature on the pitch as well as improving all aspects of his game, ready for a potential return to Ibrox next season where he can fit in seamlessly with Steven Gerrard’s first team.