Alan Hutton has told Football Insider that Rangers midfielder Ross McCrorie, who is on loan at Portsmouth, must seek clarification from Steven Gerrard as to whether he will be in his plans moving forward.
The 22-year-old is spending the season with the League One side, where he has made 22 appearances in all competitions. As it stands, he has five assists to his name, with Pompey currently in fourth place in the second tier.
Moving forward, Hutton – who used to play for the club – believes it is vital for him to speak to Gerrard, who is currently the boss at Ibrox, in regards to whether he has a future with the Glasgow-based outfit. He said: “It’s a difficult one, he obviously wasn’t in the plans up there so he went down on loan which I think was a great idea. Portsmouth are doing well which helps. It just depends on where Gerrard sees him fitting in – does he need him at the moment, does he want to sign him to a long-term deal?
“If it was me personally, I would want to play every week and I would presume he would be the same so you really need to get that conversation out there – am I going to play or am I coming up to be a bit-part player? If so, it’s worth me moving because I need to play. I think that’s everybody’s dream when you’re a kid, you don’t want to be sitting on a bench week in, week out for years. It’s a conversation he’ll definitely have to have.”
Clearly the former Scotland U21 international was not at the forefront of the former Liverpool’s player’s plans after having made just 17 league appearances across the whole of the last season (Transfermarkt). Even though he has played for Portsmouth throughout this campaign, he is still not one of the first names on the team sheet so you would imagine Gerrard will have seen little to change his mind so far.
Therefore, as Hutton says, it is imperative that the player speaks to his manager to seek some clarity about his future. At his age, it really is important that he becomes a regular fixture wherever it is he ends up so this could be a huge summer for him.
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