Rangers youngster Josh McPake is set to return to Ibrox from his loan spell at Morecambe, ahead of a temporary January exit elsewhere.
The Lowdown: McPake on loan at Morecambe
The 20-year-old moved to Morecambe in the summer transfer window but he has been limited to just five League One appearances, with only three starts coming his way.
The hope was that McPake would pick up some much-needed playing time there but it looks increasingly as though he could be a peripheral figure.
A current report suggests it could be all change for the winger ahead of the upcoming January window.
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The Latest: Another temporary move on the cards
According to Football Insider, a Rangers source has confirmed that the club are set to recall McPake from Morecambe, prior to loaning him out elsewhere next month.
Oldham Athletic and Hartlepool United are mentioned as possible suitors for the youngster, who was described as ‘fantastic’ by former Morton manager David Hopkin.
The Verdict: Invaluable experience
It is vital that McPake continues to get minutes away from Rangers, so this is a decision that makes perfect sense.
The hope is that the young wide man has a bright future at Ibrox but he may need to prove that he’s got what it takes during these current loan spells – another 6 months struggling to make an impact at the senior level could seriously damage his chances.
Competition for places is always likely to be strong under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, but an eye-catching second half to the season could make him part of the manager’s plans in 2022/23.
Four goals in 23 appearances in League Two is proof that McPake can shine at a good level – now it’s about making another step up.
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