Ayr United and Greenock Morton are chasing Rangers Academy star Josh McPake on loan, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claims that the Championship pair are “battling it out” for McPake’s signature on a season-long loan in a bid to strengthen their squads.

Rangers GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 15: Josh McPake of Scotland celebrates after he scores the opening goal during the UEFA Under 19 European qualifier match between Scotland and Germany at Firhill Stadium on October 15, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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McPake spent part of last term in the Championship with Dundee but never really got going before returning to Ibrox in January.

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Despite being highly-rated by Rangers, McPake’s progress appears to have stalled a little recently and the chance to go back out on loan will help him get back on track.

 

The 18-year-old was involved with the first-team for the friendly against Coventry as Gerrard put his squad through their paces but it seems unlikely he’ll have a first-team role this term.

SAN PEDRO DEL PINATAR, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 05: Josh McPake of Scotland in action during the Under19 Friendly Match between Scotland U19 and Japan U19 at Pinatar Arena on September 05, 2019 in San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain. Rangers

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Gerrard is likely to be keen on the idea of McPake going out on loan and playing regularly and the Gers boss has never hidden his preference for his players to play games rather than just work on the training ground.

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The Scotland youth international has been a prolific figure for the B team and impressed in the recent defeat against a strong Dundee United side, scoring the only goal for the Light Blues as they slipped to a 4-1 loss.

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