Rangers youngster Josh McPake is starting to attract interest from English Championship sides as a result of his impressive performances on loan at Harrogate Town, but sporting director Ross Wilson and manager Steven Gerrard should do everything they can to keep him at Ibrox this summer.
According to the Daily Record, the 19-year-old is being scouted by both Bristol City and QPR as a result of his displays in League Two so far this season.
The report suggests that Wilson, along with the rest of the Rangers hierarchy, are delighted with the way the teenager has developed this season in England and feel that he has the potential to be a first team regular with the Light Blues in the future.
In fact, the right midfielder looks to have established himself as a key player with the League Two side despite only joining two months ago, as nearly all of his appearances have seen him play the full 90 minutes.
McPake was handed his Rangers debut by Gerrard in a Europa League qualifying match against St Joseph’s when he was just 17, so it seems clear that he is held in high regard by the 40-year-old and the rest of his coaching staff.
Although it is difficult to see him challenging Ianis Hagi or Joe Aribo on the right-wing in Gerrard’s side next season, the youngster is contracted until 2022 and there seems no reason why, perhaps with another season of experience under his belt, he can’t make it in the first team at Ibrox in the future.
During a previous loan spell with Morton, manager David Hopkin was full of praise for McPake, saying: “He gives you something different. You keep forgetting he’s a 19-year-old kid. He gets us up the pitch.”
Therefore, if we see QPR, Bristol City or any other club make an official approach for the Scotland under-19 international this summer, Wilson must stand firm and ensure that he remains with the Gers.