Rangers loanee Josh McPake is set to see his loan spell at Morecambe ended prematurely in January but there remains plenty of interest in the Scotland youth international with EFL sides Bradford City and Oldham Athletic both reported to have enquired about taking McPake on loan when the transfer window opens.
According to Football Scotland, the former Premier League duo are both keen to take over McPake’s loan and sign the talented attacker until the end of the season.
Salford City, Barrow and Tranmere Rovers have also been credited with an interest in McPake with his spell at Morecambe not really having gone to plan for the player or either club.
McPake is currently on his fourth loan spell away from Ibrox after stints with Morton, Dundee, Harrogate and Morecambe.
His last appearance for Morecambe came in September when he was involved in the Shrimps’ 3-3 draw with Accrington as injuries disrupted his campaign under former Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson.
With Gio van Bronckhorst having taken the reins at Ibrox since McPake left on loan, the Rangers boss may want to take a closer look at the forward during January’s winter break before sending him back out on loan towards the end of the transfer window.
Huge six months for talented Rangers youngster
McPake’s time at Morecambe has been a bit of a let-down after he’s struggled to get going for the EFL side after injuries took their toll and forced him onto the sidelines.
The change in management sees him, like the rest of the players, having to prove himself all over again but being out on loan means he has to try and do so while working at arm’s length to the new boss.
McPake has been tipped to have a big future at Rangers and there’s little doubt about his ability but he needs game time for van Bronckhorst to really see what he is capable of.
The next six months could have a massive bearing on his long-term Rangers career and, as well as the talent, players can need a big slice of luck if they are to make the breakthrough at clubs like the Gers.
With his time at Morecambe coming to an early end, McPake needs his next loan move to be the right one – or it could really hurt his long-term chances of making it as a first-team player at Rangers.