The 22-year-old moved to the League One club from Ibrox on a one-season loan deal last summer, and has cemented himself as a first-team regular in Kenny Jackett’s promotion chasing side, having played in 22 games before football was suspended.
But the south coast side have confirmed this evening that McCrorie, as well as four other first-team players, have tested positive for Covid-19, and are currently self-isolating in accordance with government instructions.
A statement on the official Portsmouth website read: ‘Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that Ross McCrorie has tested positive for coronavirus.
‘Previous tests showed that four other members of the squad – James Bolton, Andy Cannon, Haji Mnoga and Sean Raggett – had also contracted the virus.
‘All five players displayed mild or no symptoms, but are self-isolating in accordance with government guidelines.
‘The club are now waiting on the results of one more test, which is for a member of the backroom team.
‘We urge everyone to continue following government advice to help limit the spread of this virus.
‘Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.’
Portsmouth were strongly in the running for promotion to the English Championship before the start of the pandemic, but now it remains to be seen how the footballing authorities will resolve this season’s competitions.
McCrorie is the first known case of an Old Firm player testing positive for the Covid-19 disease. Get well soon, Ross.