It is being suggested in the papers this week that Portsmouth could try and sign Rangers player Ross McCrorie in the summer. The Scottish Mail on Sunday (29/3; page 120) reports that the League One side plans on making a bid to sign the Rangers talent on a permanent basis at the end of his current loan deal.
Rangers allowed McCrorie a chance to play regular football with a move to the south coast of England in the summer. The 22-year-old was finally showcasing the best of his abilities at Fratton Park prior to the league suspension and Pompey are clearly impressed.
However, judging by the comments of Rangers boss Steven Gerrard last summer, it is very unlikely the Gers will allow a permanent Ibrox exit for McCrorie.
After the Rangers talent made his loan switch last summer, rumours abounded that there was a permanent option included in the deal.
Gerrard was quick to shoot down such talk in the press, as detailed by The Scottish Sun, making it clear that Rangers had a long-term plan for McCrorie at Ibrox.
“There’s no deal for him to go there permanently. It’s a development loan to improve him because he’s our player and we want him here for a long time. We want to try and help him get to the next level…
“…Hopefully he’ll come back with 40/50 games under his belt, a better player ready to challenge the lads that have got the shirts.
“But he’s certainly one of ours and we’ve got big plans for Ross McCrorie.”
Gerrard also wanted McCrorie to play ‘40/50’ games during his spell away from Ibrox and return to Rangers with more experience under his belt. Unfortunately, the Gers youngster has had some niggling injury trouble this season, meaning he has only played 22 times in a campaign that may never finish.
But even so, Rangers and their manager Gerrard clearly have big plans for McCrorie going forward and will be unlikely to send him anywhere permanently.