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Alan Hutton has been left raving after Ross McCrorie’s loan at Portsmouth was extended by Rangers. 

The former Gers defender and boyhood fan at Ibrox, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes that the high-pressure games of the League One play-offs will do the 22-year-old the world of good.

Rangers confirmed on Monday that McCrorie would remain on the south coast for Pompey’s remaining games against Oxford United in the semi-finals and the final, should they reach it.

Hutton insists that dealing with pressure is an absolute must if the young enforcer wants to forge a career at Ibrox and suggests the play-offs at one of the biggest clubs outside of the Premier League could be the ideal experience.

Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s brilliant experience, I think that’s what it was all about for him, getting down there and play games and get time under his belt.

“It’s the best decision for everybody involved for him to sign on and finish the campaign, to get that little bit of extra experience.

“If they do manage to go all the way and get the game at Wembley and the high-pressure games, it’s only going to get you better equipped to deal with these big pressure situations.

“If you want to play at Rangers at the highest level, these are the situations you’re going to have to deal with whether it be Europe or Celtic or whoever so it’s great experience for one so young.” 

McCrorie has played 22 times for Portsmouth since joining the club on loan last summer, turning out as a defensive midfielder and a right-back.

The Scotland under-21 international has a total of 55 games under his belt for Rangers after coming through the youth system at Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, the club’s plans for Robbie McCrorie can be REVEALED by Football Insider.

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