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Josh McPake has signed a six-month loan deal with Championship side Dundee, in what looks to be the ideal move for all involved.
The 17-year-old was allowed to choose where he wanted to play his football this season, with many clubs interested in the winger’s services, according to Football Insider.
Steven Gerrard let his prodigious wide-man make up his own mind between a stay at Rangers and several other clubs across Britain.
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McPake joins James McPake’s side until January, having already made his Gers senior team bow. Gerrard gave the starlet a run-out in the 6-0 obliteration of St. Joseph’s in the Europa League, and it was an impressive debut.
Dundee haven’t opted for the Rangers youngster just because he’s highly thought of at Ibrox. We’ve seen in the opening stages of the season that the Dee are better with more width in the side. In Josh Todd and Declan McDaid, the club’s options were limited, with the Dundee boss McPake opting for a 3-5-2 often in the opening matches of the season to limit the need for talented wide players.
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The 17-year-old will also be in good company at Dens Park this season. The faith the Dark Blues’ coach has put in youngsters is admirable, particularly for a coach in the infancy of his career too. The emergence of Finlay Robertson should be reason enough for the Gers to trust that McPake has chosen the right sort of environment to nurture his obvious talent.
With Dundee expected to be in and around the top of the table come May, the youngster can also experience a comparable pressure to that of playing for Rangers. At Ibrox, there’s an expectation of winning the league, and that can also be said of Dundee this season, as they look to make an instant return to the Premiership.
For someone so young, McPake has made a brave decision and both he and Rangers could reap the rewards down the line.