Rangers prospect Josh McPake has spoken to the Glasgow Evening Times about his stint at Dundee.
The 18-year-old attacker headed out of Ibrox in August, joining the Scottish Championship side on loan until January.
So far, he’s made four league appearances, made up of three starts and one substitute appearance [Transfermarkt].
He’s yet to get on the scoresheet for his new club, but he’s gaining valuable experience of senior SPFL football, which he admits is a world away from the youth ranks at Rangers.
“I’m really enjoying it at Dundee and playing in the Championship,” McPake told the Glasgow Evening Times. “It’s real men’s football – totally different from academy football. So it’s good to get that experience of training and playing at first-team level. It’s a different world to what I’ve been used to.”
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“I’ve got a new contract at Rangers but I want to keep my focus on Dundee for the next few months and try to prove myself there first. And after that, we’ll see what happens.”
It’s good to see that McPake is enjoying the challenge at Dundee, rather than shying away from it.
The exciting wide player, who can also be deployed through the middle, won the Rangers Academy Player of the Year award last season.
He’s used to netting on a weekly basis and being one of the standout players on the pitch at any given time.
Senior football is a different beast, though, and the fact that he’s not played more than an hour in any of his four outings so far, suggests manager James McPake thinks he still needs time to get accustomed to the physical demands.
Over the next few months, he’ll hope to establish himself in the side and to start contributing goals, while also adding to his current tally of one assist.