This article is part of Football FanCast’s In The Pipeline series, which takes a look at some of the most promising young talent either linked with clubs or emerging from their academies…
Josh McPake’s future at Rangers has been in the balance recently.
The Daily Record reported in June that big teams such as Liverpool, AS Roma and Borussia Monchengladbach had all registered interest in the player, with just a year left on his contract at the club.
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All that though appears to be settled, with The Evening Times stating over the weekend that a new contract has been verbally agreed with the club.
The paper say that he will sign a three-year extension to his current deal that will keep him at Ibrox until 2023.
It’s a big boost for manager Steven Gerrard, who is said to be a “huge admirer” of the youngster.
Now that his future appears to be settled, the teenager has a great chance of pushing towards the Gers first-team.
The winger was a stand-out for the club’s development and reserve sides last season as they stormed towards a league and cup double.
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He won the Academy Player of the Year award back in April and followed that up with a man of the match performance in a Scottish Youth Cup Final that was broadcast live on BBC Scotland, giving fans a proper glimpse of his future.
Most recently he’s been part of Gerrard’s pre-season training camp squad in Portugal, getting action in a closed door training game against Mansfield on Saturday alongside established stars such as Alfredo Morelos and Daniel Candeias.
Still just 17 years of age, patience is required when it comes to his development, but he’s on the right track and, reported to have decided on his future, doesn’t appear far away from making an Ibrox impact.