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The Ross McCrorie personal touch Portsmouth are employing to get Rangers star through coronavirus diagnosis

Daily Record logoDaily Record 26/03/2020 Robbie Copeland
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On-loan Rangers star Ross McCrorie is showing ‘no symptoms’ of coronavirus, with Portsmouth’s handling of the situation praised to the heavens by his agent Nicholas Nicholson.

McCrorie’s diagnosis was confirmed on Tuesday after the disease infected four of his Portsmouth teammates, with the entire playing squad going into isolation to prevent it spreading further.

The pandemic has wrought havoc on football in the wider context too, with the Scottish Premiership title race thrown into turmoil while clubs such as Hearts and Aberdeen take huge financial hits.

But Nicholson says McCrorie - who joined Pompey on loan from Rangers in the summer and made 22 appearances before football was put on hold - has been treated well by club CEO Mark Catlin throughout what has been a frightening period.

Speaking to portsmouth.co.uk, Nicholson said: “Ross is okay, he has not shown any symptoms.

“Mark Catlin ringing him up personally to check on him was a nice touch. I don’t think Mark really knows that Ross’ grandpa’s in hospital at the moment, so it was a wee pick me up for him.

“His grandpa has been in hospital for the last week-and-a-half with a urine infection and they are a very, very close family, while he lost his gran two years ago.

“With everything going on in his life, Mark’s reaction meant a lot to Ross, it gave him a boost. He checked to make sure everything was okay, telling him to stay in and stay safe. I imagine Mark has done that with all the (infected) players, that's such a nice touch.

a football player on a field: Ross McCrorie is currently on loan from Rangers at English League One side Portsmouth © Getty Images Ross McCrorie is currently on loan from Rangers at English League One side Portsmouth

“For the stress which must be on his shoulders at the moment, such as sorting out finances and the impact coronavirus is having on Pompey, Mark has still taken time out to do that.

“It could have been just a quick text message because people are so busy, but he rang in person - Pompey really are lucky to have a guy like that in charge.

“Mark also phoned me on Tuesday night, spending about 10-15 minutes chatting, relaying how he had spoken to Ross and everything was under control.

“He didn’t have to do any of that, what he offers is honesty and he’s genuine. I think he’s an absolute star taking the time to do that, he’s a different class.”

a man in a blue shirt: Ross McCrorie has tested positive for coronavirus © SNS Group Ross McCrorie has tested positive for coronavirus

Nicholson also said McCrorie is loving his time at Portsmouth, with manager Kenny Jackett in particular proving to be a positive influence.

“I’ve stayed close with him during the time he has been down there and it has been a big learning curve for him.

“Kenny Jackett has played a part in that as well, treating him like a man, which is what Ross has needed and will benefit his game.”

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