Ross McCrorie has not always had the easiest time since leaving Rangers on loan during the summer.
Injuries have certainly played their part. The 21-year-old has made 19 first-team appearances for Portsmouth. And he has predominantly featured at right-back for Kenny Jackett’s men.
It is perhaps fair to say therefore, that McCrorie has struggled to prove a point to Steven Gerrard while he has been away.
But he potentially has the opportunity to change that with one performance, given the game rapidly emerging on the horizon for Pompey.
The League One side host Arsenal at Fratton Park in the FA Cup on Monday.
And while it is too soon to know who will play for either side, it may not be a huge surprise to see McCrorie up against one of the Gunners’ most in-form players.
Bukayo Saka has contributed more assists for Arsenal than any other player this term. The 18-year-old has provided nine in all competitions.
Like McCrorie, full-back has provided a surprise home for Saka this season. And with Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac still sidelined, it arguably looks likely that he will play at left-back on Monday.
Saka has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most exciting talents in recent months.
So if McCrorie can help ensure that he has a quiet evening next week, it would arguably be a huge plus for the Rangers loanee.
And it will almost certainly not escape the attention of Gerrard.