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Could Ross McCrorie be James Tavernier's long-term successor at Rangers?

Ross McCrorie of Rangers disappointed during the UEFA Europa League match between SK Rapid Wien v Rangers at Weststadion on December 13, 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

Ross McCrorie of Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers seems to be in the process of being converted into a right-back.

Ross McCrorie of Rangers in action during the Pre-Season Friendly between Rangers and Bury at Ibrox Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers-owned Ross McCrorie has enjoyed a surprising start to the season.

The Gers' academy prospect has been brilliant on loan at Portsmouth and impressed for Scotland's Under-21s recently.

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But the fact that McCrorie is playing well isn't the surprising bit - it's where the 21-year-old Rangers man has been playing.

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett has been using McCrorie as a right-back to great effect in League One. The Ibrox gem has played defensive midfield and centre-back for the light Blues in recent years, but this is new for him.

 

In addition to that, Scotland U21 boss Scot Gemmill has been playing him there too as a result of Jackett's apparent masterstroke and it looks like McCrorie might just be a right-back.

This is significant for Rangers because if he returns to Auchenhowie as a right-back in May then it could set him up as James Tavernier's long-term replacement.

If Tavernier has another season like his last, the 27-year-old, who was linked with Premier League clubs this past summer, is going to attract more attention and, given his age, Tavernier might feel it's his last chance to get a big move down South.

James Tavernier of Rangers during the UEFA Europa League match between Rapid Wien and Rangers at Weststadion on December 13, 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

Long term, it might be difficult for Steven Gerrard to keep the English defender - who is also the club captain - in Glasgow, but the former midfielder doesn't have an abundance of potential replacements as things stand.

He has Matt Polster who can't get into the squad, Jon Flanagan who is more a left-back than anything else at this stage and, well, that's about it. Furthermore, there doesn't seem to be any wonderkids who operate at right-back coming through the academy.

If McCrorie spends most of the season at right-back, he will return to Glasgow as Tavernier's main competitor and if the former Wigan star winds up leaving, he's the heir apparent.

Ross McCrorie of Rangers disappointed during the UEFA Europa League match between SK Rapid Wien v Rangers at Weststadion on December 13, 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

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