The lowdown: Youth prospect
Part of the youth system in Glasgow since 2013 following a switch from Hibernian, McPake has progressed through the academy at the Gers impressively but failed to really leave his mark on the first-team.
The 20-year-old Scotland youth international made a senior debut in the Europa League qualifying clash with St Joseph’s FC in July 2019, his only first-team outing for the Teddy Bears.
After attracting interest from Hartlepool United, Stevenage, Crawley Town and Dundee, a fresh report has emerged claiming McPake has finally chosen his next temporary landing spot…
The latest: Scotland stay
It’s claimed that the versatile midfielder has ‘agreed a deal’ to join the Glasgow club, having been ‘keen’ to stay north of the border and with the offer of ‘regular first-team experience’ on the table.
The report makes no mention of a permanent deal for the youngster, who was described as a ‘really exciting’ player by former Morecambe manager Stephen Robinson whilst on loan at the League One side in 2021/22.
The verdict: Progression needed
However, with new signing Tom Lawrence substantially bolstering the attacking midfield options at Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s disposal and Malik Tillman already filling the void left behind by Joe Aribo, opportunities for the academy prospect would likely be few and far between at Ibrox next term.
Instead, the Scot would be best served to obtain yet more first-team exposure and the substantial wealth of experience that is on offer from what can be an arduous Scottish second-tier campaign.
Unseen in the 3-1 pre-season friendly success over West Ham, McPake could well be on the brink of confirming a temporary exit from the club and embarking on a new challenge, albeit likely to be with a view to returning after only signing a new deal until 2024 last July.
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