Rangers loanee 'shines' on debut for EFL club and receives 'standing ovation'
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Rangers loanee 'shines' on debut for EFL club and receives 'standing ovation'

Rangers loanee Josh McPake delivered a promising debut performance for Morecambe in EFL League One on Saturday.

The 19-year-old winger impressed in pre-season, netting against Premier League side Burnley, but didn’t feature in the Shrimps’ opening league or League Cup fixtures due to an ankle injury.

Rangers starlet Josh McPake spent last time on loan at Harrogate Town last season and is now at Morecambe. (Photo by Ben Early – AMA/Getty Images)

He was named in the starting XI for their first home match of 2021/22 against Shrewsbury Town, though, and grabbed his opportunity.

The Scotland youth international lined up on the left but roamed all over the top end of the pitch during his 77-minute outing.

The hosts triumphed 2-0 to continue their unbeaten start following promotion from League Two and although McPake didn’t notch a goal or an assist, he certainly caught the eye.

An individual highlight reel posted on Twitter by fan account ShrimpsOnline, shows him beating opposition defenders with ease, showing great pace and ball control, while he also gets a good shot off on goal in the second half.

https://twitter.com/ShrimpsOnline/status/1426810137247944707

When the Gers loanee was taken off by manager Stephen Robinson, the match commentators noted that he received a ‘standing ovation’ at the Mazuma Stadium, an indication of how impressive his debut had been.

McPake said he felt he matured a lot whilst out on loan in the English fourth tier with Harrogate Town during the second half of last season and on this early evidence, he’ll definitely be able to cope with the step up in standard.

Perhaps if he thrives with the Shrimps, showing consistency and an ability to contribute regularly in terms of goals and assists, he’ll get a proper opportunity with the Rangers first-team next season.

Elsewhere in the EFL on Saturday, a Rangers-linked attacker scored a dramatic 100th-minute winner

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