Ross McCrorie grew up watching Pompey compete in the Premier League.
And now the midfielder is looking forward to helping his new club continue their climb back up the divisions.
The Scottish youngster has arrived at Fratton Park from Glasgow giants Rangers on a season-long loan deal.
It will be his first experience of playing south of the border and McCrorie is aiming to continue his footballing development.
He said: “It was a no-brainer for me – coming to a big club and being able to showcase what I can do. I’m really looking forward to it.
“I used to watch Pompey on Match of the Day when I was younger and see players like Kanu and Benjani.
“Now I want to help get this club promoted into the Championship, and the manager and players have all made me feel very welcome.
"It was a no-brainer for me – coming to a big club and being able to showcase what I can do. I’m really looking forward to it."
“I’m hoping to develop and become a more rounded player. Even just moving away from home will help me to mature.
“You’re always looking to improve in every aspect of your game and I just want to be the best I can be.
“This will be my first experience of playing in England and it’s exciting. I’m expecting it to be physical, but I think I can cope with that.
“Getting into the national team is also a big aim for me and hopefully if I’m playing regularly down here, then I can impress the Scotland boss.”
McCrorie was part of the Rangers side that beat Old Firm rivals Celtic in a derby clash at Ibrox back in May.
He said: “It’s electric and the atmosphere is amazing – it raises the hairs on the back of your neck and there’s no better feeling than a victory.”