Rangers youngster Ross McCrorie hasn’t had the best time of it so far this season.
The 21-year-old has struggled to establish as a starting option at Portsmouth, where he is currently on loan, in no small part because of a disappointing run of injuries.
His latest spell on the sidelines has come after picking up a hamstring issue in the pre-Christmas League One clash against Ipswich Town, and that has subsequently prompted Steven Gerrard to bring him back to Ibrox to continue his rehabilitation with his parent club.
McCrorie has flown out with the rest of the squad to Dubai for a warm weather training camp this week, as per The Portsmouth News, and the boss has provided an update on how he’s getting on.
“And you have to be very careful with them, especially if it’s a second hamstring injury. Ross has got a second hamstring injury
“So, with all due respect to Portsmouth, he’s a Rangers player, and I have got every confidence in my medical team and medical staff that he will get the right rehab here.
“We can manage it when he’s ready to make sure that when we send him back to Portsmouth he is a 100 per cent ready to go and play.”
This seems entirely fair from the manager.
The fact that McCrorie has picked up this injury more than once this season hints at a worrying reoccurring issue, and if that is the case then he needs to be properly looked after.
Pompey would surely be able to do that, but when he’s your player, and when you have to option to properly assess him yourself, why wouldn’t you do that?
Hopefully, this way he can get back to 100% fitness as soon as possible, touch base with his parent club, and still have a full and effective second half of the season down on the south coast.