Steven Gerrard has debunked claims that Portsmouth loan-signing Ross McCrorie could join the club on a permanent deal at the end of the season.
Speaking to Rangers TV via BBC Sport, the former Liverpool legend said: “There’s no deal for him to go there permanent, it is a development loan.”
Gerrard added: “He (McCrorie) told me he was desperate for 40-50 games and I agreed with him, I think that’ll be really good for his development. Portsmouth is a good club, Kenny Jacket plays the right way, the fans are demanding there and that will prepare him very well for the future here.”
Although it is a blow for Portsmouth that they won’t be allowed to permanently sign McCrorie, Gerrard’s words on the youngster’s drive to play games is an encouraging sign.
Indeed, the Scotland U-21 international has already managed 55 first-team appearances for Rangers, eight of which came in the Europa League, and given McCrorie’s determination to play 40-50 games next season for Pompey based on Gerrard’s quotes, it seemingly appears the youngster believes in his ability to play a full season at Portsmouth.
Being able to play as both a centre-back and a defensive midfielder as per his positional starts from Transfermarkt, McCrorie could be a useful player for Jackett’s side next campaign, who will be without key defender Matt Clarke following his departure to Brighton earlier in the transfer window as per BBC Sport.
Given his previous experience in both the Scottish top-flight and on the continental stage, McCrorie could be a welcome addition for the season for the League One side.
Portsmouth fans, will McCrorie be a good addition for the new season? Let us know!
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