Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett has been handed a boost ahead of the play-off semi-final with Oxford United as Ross McCrorie’s loan deal from Glasgow Rangers has been extended.
With the League One season coming to an end via a points-per-game system, Portsmouth missed out on an automatic promotion spot to the Championship and will instead attempt to go up via the play-off route.
Set to face Oxford at the start of July over two legs, Pompey boss Jackett will be busy preparing his side after returning to training following the coronavirus pandemic which halted football.
With the break in football and the expiring contracts of loan players at clubs across the English Football League, Jackett was left unsure if he could rely on the likes of McCrorie, Steve Seddon, Cameron McGeehan and Sean Raggett for the play-offs.
Those deals have now been extended until the play-offs have been completed, handing the Pompey boss with a huge boost.
Speaking to The News, Jackett said: “All of the loan players are good to play in the play-off games – and should we get through to the final they are okay as well.
“Ross has been extended until the end of the play-offs and he played 45 minutes against Reading the other day.
“Rangers go back in August, but are happy for him to play for us. Now we have some dates, it is straightforward and we have no problems with the guys on loan.
“With the dates of the play-offs announced, parent clubs can now see where they are and what they are doing.
“There has generally also been an appetite from our loan lads to be able to stay – and that hasn’t changed.”
McCrorie has supplied three assists during his 17 appearances in League One this term for Portsmouth during his loan spell from Ibrox.
Jackett will no doubt be delighted with the fact he can use his loan players until the end of the season and his preparations can now take a further step.
Portsmouth should be confident of beating Oxford given that the teams finished level on points and having McCrorie on board comes as a timely boost, but Jackett will have to get everything right to go one step further this time round and achieve promotion to the Championship, having fallen at the play-off hurdle last year.
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