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

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.

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.

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.

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