The Daily Record reports that one of the Rangers Academy’s top prospects is close to sealing a loan move.
17-year-old Josh McPake – winner of the Academy Player of the Year last season – is highly thought of at Ibrox.


So much so, that despite his age, Steven Gerrard handed him a senior debut against St Jospeph’s at Ibrox last month.
Recently, he’s been scoring for fun for the Gers development and Colts teams, prompting us to ask whether or not he had earned himself a place in the League Cup squad for Sunday’s fixture against East Fife. 
Yet, it turns out he won’t be at Methil after all.

Rangers starlet Josh McPake on brink of move

That’s because he’s set to be watching his prospective new Dundee teammates in action against Aberdeen at Dens Park.
The Record claims that details are yet to be finalised. However, as it stands, the Dee are strong favourites to land the teenager until January, despite apparent interest from Premiership sides, St Johnstone and Ross County.

He looks set to join up with his namesake James McPake, who is now Dee manager. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

Verdict

McPake is a prized asset at Rangers and coaches at Ibrox will be eager he chooses the right loan destination.
At his age, it’s probably sensible to test himself out in the Championship first, where he’s more likely to get regular game time.
Following last season’s relegation from the top-flight, Dundee have had to rebuild and have started their campaign positively.
It’s easy to see why James McPake has targeted the young attacker, who, just as Zak Rudden did at Falkirk last season, will look to make his mark in the second tier by getting on the scoresheet with regularity.

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