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Rangers Teenager Drawing Interest From English Championship: Why Gerrard Must Not Let Him Go

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Rangers have conquered the Premiership crown after decade-long despair and are in the driver’s seat to make it through to the quarterfinals of the prestigious Europa League contest maintaining their unbeaten status. Their business model has been spot on since Steven Gerrard’s arrival and the likelihood of a busy summer can’t be ruled out amid growing interest in Rangers teenager Josh McPake, the Daily Record has revealed.

The 19-year-old winger is enjoying a stellar campaign with the English League Two side Harrogate Town and has drawn the attention of Championship outfits Bristol City and Queens Park Rangers. They have scouted the Scotsman extensively following his winter loan and the two goals scored in 14 outings (stats via Transfermarket) depicted his quality at such a tender age.

The Sulphurites grabbed a promotion last season and are on course to secure a mid-table finish shaking off early jitters. The inclusion of McPake has enhanced the firepower high up the pitch and the youngster, despite not scoring or assisting in abundance, is showing great composure in terms of maturity and creative spark.

Rangers teenager Josh McPake is enjoying his loan stint with Harrogate Tow
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The Scotland youth international had brief loan spells previously with Dundee and  Greenock Morton in the second tier of Scottish football. The first-team experience helped him blossom his attributes before making strides with the North Yorkshire minnows. They still have an outside chance to make it to the playoffs and the breakthrough season of Rangers teenager McPake highlights the Glasgow giants’ farsightedness as well as sincerity towards the development of the young guns.

Why Rangers Must Not Let McPake Leave This Summer

There would be suitors for the starlet during the summer window, but the club must not let their prized asset depart on permanent terms considering a few more exits on the cards. Greg Stewart is likely to part ways within months, whereas the likes of Jordan Jones and Glenn Middleton should be allowed to ply their trades elsewhere having failed to impress Gerrard enough. The gaffer is yet to make a decision on Brandon Barker who has settled down well with Oxford United since securing a January loan, but we might finally see Alfredo Morelos finding a new destination ahead of the upcoming term. Jermain Defoe, too, is set to leave once his contract expires in June and the potential reshuffling in the attacking third would only be possible if the Bears succeed to generate enough fund in the wake of the pandemic and financial instability worldwide.

Promoting McPake, therefore, should save millions in the forthcoming future and a sporadic status would see the player flourish further under the tutelage of Steven Gerrard.

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