According to Football Scotland, Salford City have made a late bid to sign Rangers winger Josh McPake on loan.

McPake is technically still on loan at EFL League One side Morecambe but picked up an injury in September and hasn’t featured since.

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It’s been widely reported in recent weeks that the Gers are set to officially recall him when the January window opens, before sending him out elsewhere.

Salford were one of the clubs initially credited with interest by the Daily Record.

However, other EFL League Two teams were previously said to be leading the race.

Carlisle United were initially seen as the favourites [Daily Record], before Football Insider reported that Tranmere Rovers had moved into pole position and were in advanced negotiations with an agreement close.

Now, though, while asserting that a switch to Prenton Park remains a possibility, Football Scotland reports that Salford have made a late move.

It’s claimed that Salford boss Gary Bowyer is ‘extremely keen’ on McPake and that the 20-year-old has responded positively to the interest.

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Where will McPake end up?

It’s been a tough first half of the season for the pacy Rangers winger, who has played just over 300 minutes of first-team football at Morecambe.

However, it must be encouraging for him to be wanted by so many other clubs and if he makes the right choice now, he could still get plenty out of this campaign.

Tranmere are the best placed of the interested clubs in the League Two table and the chance to play a part in a promotion push would surely be appealing, while Salford is perhaps the more glamorous option due to the Class of 92’s involvement.

Playing time is the key factor here, though, as only if he’s featuring regularly will he have a chance of impressing Gio van Bronckhorst.

Meanwhile, a Rangers loanee was sent off on Wednesday night after ‘smashing into’ an opponent.

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