Highly-rated Rangers youngster Josh McPake endured another frustrating outing for loan side Dundee on Friday evening.
The teenage attacker is one of the club’s brightest young prospects, winning the Academy Player of the Year Award last season.
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A wide player who can also operate up front, McPake has scored goals for fun at age group and Reserves level, while he also recently scored the winner for Scotland U19s in a remarkable triumph over Germany.
It’s a testament to his immense talent that he headed out on loan a few days before his 18th birthday, at a stage when many are still looking to establish themselves in the Development squad.
However, the transition to senior football has proved difficult so far.
In the eleven Championship fixtures that have taken place since his arrival at Dens Park, he’s started three, came off the bench in four and has been an unused substitute in the remaining four [Transfermarkt].
His namesake James McPake, Dundee’s manager, hasn’t left him on for a full 90 minutes yet and the youngster is yet to find the back of the net.
In front of the BT Sport TV cameras, the Gers loanee was given 24 minutes of action in the Dundee derby on Friday. He registered one shot on target which didn’t overly trouble opposition keeper Siegrist and while he looked pacey and keen to make things happen, he gave the ball away on several occasions.
Ultimately, he was swimming against the tide as a substitute, with United looking superior to the Dee in all departments throughout the second half.
That maiden senior strike still eludes McPake then, but perhaps it’s a case of needing one thing to go his way before the drought becomes a flood.
His next opportunity is set to come after the international break, with the Dee travelling to Inverness Caley Thistle on 23rd November.