Ross McCrorie joined Portsmouth in the summer on a loan deal from Scottish Premiership side Ranagers.
The midfielder has failed to quite hit it off for the south-coast side and even picked up a red card against Shrewsbury on the opening day off the season and he has never really recovered.
Here, we look at the loan move from the perspective of Rangers in an FLW Six Pointer…
How did the move come about?
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard felt the midfielder needed a bit more experience playing week in, week out so sent him out on loan to League One side Portsmouth.
It was a big move for the player, and he was meant to have a big impact at the south-coast side but it hasn’t really materialised for him so far.
The move itself was one that Rangers thought would give him valuable experience to come back and be an even better player than what he was.
How has the overall experience been for him so far?
It hasn’t been good, let’s just put it that way. McCrorie hasn’t been able to cement a place in the side and has featured in just five games so far this season.
This chance to develop is soon fading and it has correlated with Portsmouth’s poor start to the season. McCrorie did get sent-off on his debut, which probably didn’t help endear himself to the fans or the coaching staff.
Could this benefit him in the future?
This spell out of the side can sometimes really help a young player like McCrorie, it can give him the determination to go on and push further in his career and see it as a wake up call.
He will get a chance at some point further on in the season, and he has to be ready to take it as he looks to establish himself ready to come back and be a regular for Rangers.
Will he find himself back in the Portsmouth side?
This is yet to be seen, and currently it looks unlikely that the 21-year-old will find himself back in the Pompey side due to the form that they’ve been able to pick up in recent weeks.
However saying that, there’s so many games to go in the season and League One requires a squad to compete at the top end.
A change of manager could also help his chances, especially as Jackett is under big pressure already at this early stage of the season.
Should Rangers look to find him another club?
Not yet, but I’m sure if this carries on into the months of January he could well find himself wanting to return to Ibrox and eager to get some playing time at a different club.
Rangers will want him to be playing games just as much as McCrorie will be wanting to. He has a long career ahead of him but he needs to be developing.
Can he turn it around?
Yes he can, as long as he trains hard and continues to show the experience that he got in the SPFL last season under Gerrard.
It’s such a long season and it wouldn’t surprise me to see his quality shine through eventually.