Rangers loanee Josh McPake found the net for Morecambe in a pre-season fixture against Burnley on Tuesday.
McPake spent the second half of last season out on loan at EFL League Two side Harrogate Town and impressed sufficiently to be offered a new contract earlier this summer.
📝 #RangersFC are delighted to announce that Josh McPake has signed a new contract at the club.
— Rangers Youth Academy (@RFC_Youth) July 1, 2021
The 19-year-old accepted and is now tied down until 2024.
However, there’s no room for him just yet in Steven Gerrard’s plans, so he was swiftly moved out on loan again, this time to a slightly higher level, joining EFL League One club Morecambe.
The Shrimps are now in the middle of pre-season, with their competitive opener against Ipswich Town just over two weeks away.
They faced their toughest challenge to date on Tuesday afternoon, taking on Premier League side Burnley at the Clarets’ Barnfield Training Centre.
It wasn’t a full-strength Burnley side but they did have some experienced top-flight players such as James Tarkowski, Erik Pieters, Ashley Westwood and Jack Cork in their starting XI.
Sean Dyche’s team triumphed 2-1 but McPake grabbed Morecambe’s goal in the 84th minute, rounding Northern Ireland international goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell following a long ball, before confidently slotting home.
The Gers loanee also had a number of other positive moments in the game, including a quick turn and shot in the early stages that was kept out by Peacock-Farrell.
The Scotland youth international scored four times whilst at Harrogate but this maiden goal for the Shrimps against an established Premier League club will surely do his confidence the world of good.
McPake, who often plays on the left flank and likes to cut inside onto his right foot, has plenty of raw talent but will be looking to convert his ability into a large number of goals and assists this season to prove he’s cracked senior football.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, another teenage Ibrox talent showed a glimpse of his talent with an ‘absolute rocket’ for the B team.