Rangers loanees Jordan Jones, Brandon Barker and Josh McPake all scored for their EFL clubs on Tuesday night as their battle to impress Steven Gerrard heats up.
Jones has been in strong form for Sunderland recently, scoring a screamer against Crewe Alexandra at the end of February and then notching an assist against Rochdale at the weekend.
He backed those contributions up with the all-important second goal for the Black Cats in a 2-0 win at Portsmouth, lifting a delicate finish over advancing keeper Craig MacGillivray from a tight angle in the 58th minute.
The victory boosted Sunderland’s promotion hopes as they now sit fourth in League One, just five points behind leaders Hull City with two games in hand.
Oxford United are a little further back in ninth, but they are eyeing a playoff spot and fellow Rangers loanee Barker helped them to a first league win in six at Swindon Town.
He put his adopted side in front in just the 3rd minute after cutting in from the left and firing at goal from 25 yards, with the shot taking two deflections on its way into the bottom right corner. The game finished 2-1.
— Oxford United FC (@OUFCOfficial) March 9, 2021
Not to be outdone by the other on-loan Gers wingers, McPake found the net in League Two.
After missing a guilt-edged opportunity just moments earlier, the 19-year-old scored his second professional goal in the 56th minute to put Harrogate Town 3-0 up against Colchester United.
After being released in behind on the left side of the area, McPake found the bottom right corner with a left-footed shot.
Harrogate are faring well in the EFL following their promotion from the National League at the end of last season and they are now only six points outside the playoff spots in tenth.
Given that all three of these loanees are wingers, it’s unlikely that they all have a future at Ibrox and perhaps an awareness of that is bringing out the best in them as the season enters its final months.
A Rangers first-team winger has received bizarre praise from a talkSPORT pundit who has since been ridiculed by fans of English clubs.