Rangers ace Ross McCrorie reveals why he snubbed Sunderland and signed for Portsmouth

Scotland under-21 international Ross McCrorie has revealed why he rejected the chance to join Sunderland – and made the move to League One rivals Portsmouth instead.

Saturday, 6th July 2019, 09:00 am
Updated Sunday, 7th July 2019, 14:21 pm
Ross McCrorie has revealed why he rejected Sunderland for Portsmouth

The highly-rated Rangers youngster sealed a switch to Fratton Park on a season-long loan deal, with the option to make it a permanent switch at the end of the campaign.

But the move to the south coast wasn’t without a late twist – with McCrorie revealing that Jack Ross launched a last-ditch bid to lure him to the Stadium of Light.

His head wasn’t to be turned though, the defensive-minded midfielder admitting Pompey were his preferred choice having been left confident they were the ‘right fit’

“I’m really happy with the move and I’m joining a big club who want to progress to the Championship,” said the 21-year-old, speaking to the Portsmouth News.

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“Pompey was the one which stood out to me, though, after speaking to the manager.

“Sunderland came in for me and wanted me to sign.

“But I just felt that Pompey was the right fit.

“Sunderland came in when I was about to do a medical.

“They tried to sweep in and get things sorted, but I thought Pompey was the best fit.

“We just missed out last season and there is a good group of players here who are going to be up there challenging.

“I spoke to the manager, and chief executive Mark Catlin - and they were great with me.

“I was shown around and all the boys made me feel welcome.”