Brian McDermott hailed Reading ‘legend’ Dave Kitson as the Pompey striker prepares to return to his old club.
The 30-year-old will lead Pompey’s attack in tomorrow’s eagerly-anticipated clash between the Championship play-off hopefuls.
For Kitson, it will be a reunion with the club where he scored 60 goals in 147 games during a first spell which saw them reach the Premier League and stay there. He also returned there last season while on loan at Stoke. Nowadays, the striker is a Pompey player and has scored eight goals this term.
And Reading boss McDermott believes he still ranks as one of his club’s greats.
He said: ‘I speak to Kits quite regularly as he lives quite close to me so I know him well.
‘He was a fantastic player for us and was a bargain signing at the time who did really well for our club. They’ve got Sonko, too, and the pair are Reading legends, really – playing in that side that won the league.
‘Portsmouth have got a very successful manager and I’ve known Steve for quite a long time, going back to his Cheltenham days.
‘He’s good company. I get on well with him and he’s done a great job for them.
‘There’s nine games to go, three points are up for grabs and we want them.’