Ross McCrorie Signs For Pompey On Loan
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Interviewer: Well, Ross, welcome to Pompey. For a man who has spent his whole footballing career in Scotland, this is some geographical length to come. How was it all sold to you?
Ross McCrorie: It’s the manager who actually brought the offer from Portsmouth to the table and it was a no-brainer for me, an opportunity to come here at a big club like Portsmouth and be able to showcase what I can do. I’m really looking forward to it. Yes.
Interviewer: A big club like Portsmouth obviously then you’ve got some knowledge of them over the past and now?
Ross: Yes, definitely when I was younger. Actually, I still watch Match Of The Day all the time. I’ve got quite a knowledge of the club here.
Interviewer: How will the move benefit you and what do you hope to gain?
Ross: I hope to develop as a player, to be honest, and become a more rounded player and even just as a person as well to come– I’m really looking forward to that side of things and even just coming away from home as well will make me mature as a human being as well. I am really looking forward to that.
Interviewer: When you say you want to make your game better, what parts do you feel you can make better?
Ross: I feel everything. That’s just, nobody’s perfect so you want to keep playing and improving on every aspect of your game. I just want to be the best I can be and obviously while I do the best for the club as well.
Interviewer: You’re a midfielder, a defensive midfielder?
Ross: Yes. As a defensive midfielder, yes. That’s where I played most of the seasons. Yes.
Interviewer: You’re highly rated by Steve Gerrard, and a previous manager actually said you’re not only gonna be great for the future of the club but the country. That’s some accolade.
Ross: Yes, sort of. Yes. [laughs] Yes. I tend to not get too carried away with things like that. I try and stay level-headed because I don’t want to get carried away with the highs or the lows. That’s part of football. I’ve got to keep level-headed and just keep working away.
Interviewer: What can you see yourself adding to Pompey?
Ross: I think I can lend my mentality, I’m a winner, to be honest. After even just at every little last aspect of the game, I’m never about not just the result obviously. It’s just tackles, how I make that pass, or how I do everything in the game, just every aspect of it to win. I’ve got a stillness about me as well, a toughness as well. Yes.
Interviewer: Are you looking forward to it all?
Ross: Definitely, yes. Really looking forward to it. It will be great. Especially moving down from Scotland, the first time I will be playing in England. I’m really excited for it.
Interviewer: What do you expect from the English game? Is it any different to the Scottish game?
Ross: Yes. I couldn’t tell you that because I’ve not played, but-
Interviewer: Well, having watched it?
Ross: Yes. Having watched it, I think it’s going to be physical. I think I’m more than capable of coping with that. Up in Scotland, it’s really physical as well, so I think I’m in good stead with that. Yes.
Interviewer: You have been out on loan at places like Ayr United, so obviously that will have benefited you?
Ross: Yes. That was when I was actually younger, from when I was 17, 18 I went out into a loan in Ayr United and in Dumbarton. I obviously came back into Ranger in the first team, made my debut in 19. Yes. It’s been quite a journey.
Interviewer: Listen. You played in the Old Firm derby, so what can better that? What’s it like actually playing in one of those?
Ross: The Old Firm derby it’s the best derby in the world. It’s electric, the atmosphere is amazing. It just raises the hairs on the back of your neck. It’s just the best, to be honest, and see when you get that result when you end with a victory, there’s no better feeling.
Interviewer: You say that at the moment, but wait until you play Southampton down at Fratton Park in one, and then you’ll change your-
Ross: Count me on there. Yes. [laughs]
Interviewer: You know all about that rivalry?
Ross: Yes, yes. I was actually told in the way down. Yes. I’m really looking forward, definitely. I hope I get to play against them.
Interviewer: Now, you’re a footballing family, your brother, your twin brother is a goalkeeper?
Ross: Yes, he’s actually. My twin brother, he’s a goalkeeper. Well, actually just now in the Queen of the South, but we’ve both come out through the ranks of Rangers. We’ve both started out at the ranks of Rangers. It’s great to have had him along my side. Yes.
Interviewer: Listen. You’ve got quite a unique goalkeeping record, haven’t you? You’ve yet to let a goal in. Tell us about that.
Ross: Yes. It was actually the last where goalkeeper made our subs, but our goalkeeper got sent off. It was in the 88th minute so the last couple of minutes I had to go in there instead of him. Thankfully, there wasn’t too much to do, so I got a clean sheet in the end. [laughs]
Interviewer: Did you have any qualms about going on goal, or did you put your hand up and say, “Yes. That’s for me.”?
Ross: The gaffer actually sent me because of my brother obviously. He thought I would have some kind of experience, but I’ve got no, any experience at all. I’ve just got to do it for the team. That was really what it was and so we could get the victory in the end as well.
Interviewer: When you were a kid did, you ever think you might be a goalkeeper?
Ross: No. No chance. No. No chance. I always want to be an outfielder.
Interviewer: Presumably, you always wanted to play football then?
Ross: Definitely. Ever since I was a little kid, growing up that’s all I ever wanted. Yes. I just loved to play football.
Interviewer: Long-term presumably you want to go back and be a regular for Rangers?
Interviewer: Obviously, maybe break into the Scotland team?
Ross: Yes, definitely. The national team is a big aim of mine, and hopefully, if I can, if I’m playing down here regularly as well I can show everybody what I can do, I can impress the Scotland boss and I might even get chosen. Yes.
Interviewer: You feel when you score enough goals, or is that not on your radar scoring goals?
Ross: I’m fairly sure I could add that to my game. Yes. Probably as an offensive midfielder. These always a different aspect, to be over the defensive side is more important but I feel yes, I could add that to my game, especially I’m an areal threat as well from set-pieces.
Interviewer: You’re like licensed to go forward in other words?
Ross: Yes, yes. I can, I like going up there. I mean I can attack, break the play, if I win the ball back, get me going now, getting us on the counter-attack or whatever. Yes.
Interviewer: You say about breaking in the Rangers team and perhaps into the Scotland team. Do you see success at Pompey as synonymous with that?
Ross: Yes, definitely. I feel as if I can develop myself as a player, and if I can help the club get promotion as well, well actually that’s the main thing whether [unintelligible 00:06:15] I guess for me how I get promoted into the Championship.
Interviewer: You’ve met Kenny today. What did he actually say to you?
Ross: Well, he was just asking how everything was in the way down. He made me feel very welcomed, and other players as well, even the scout come over and shake my hand. Yes. I feel very welcomed.
Interviewer: You wouldn’t actually know anybody there, you wouldn’t have played with anybody?
Ross: No, no. Everybody is, it’s all new faces but I’ll get to know them soon.
Interviewer: Finally, the weather is brilliant out there. What was it like when you left Glasgow?
Ross: Eight degrees, or something I think it was. It’s not quite as warm as over here. It’s quite warmer down here in Fratton as it’s up there. Yes.
Interviewer: Listen. I won’t say get used to it, but enjoy it while you can.
Ross: Thank you very much.