Ex-Celtic star and now Hartlepool United manager Paul Hartley has been linked with a move for fringe Rangers attacker Josh McPake.
Once amongst the most highly-rated young talents at Ibrox, McPake is back in Glasgow after a disappointing spell with Tranmere Rovers in English League Two.
The 20-year-old forward, who can play across the frontline, is contracted to Ibrox until 2024 and there have even been reports that the Gers may consider ripping up Josh’s contract.
This comes after reports of attitude problems, with Josh McPake having a series of underwhelming loan stints at Dundee, Morton, Morecambe and Tranmere.
To date, the only really successful part-time move of McPake’s career was a six-month stint at Harrogate Town in English League Two which culminated in winning the EFL Trophy.
Josh McPake linked with Rangers exit to Hartlepool United
Now, Paul Hartley could be set to offer the talented youngster an Ibrox reprieve as he looks to build his squad at Hartlepool United following the manager’s move from Cove Rangers.
The Northern Echo are claiming that Hartlepool have “declared their interest” in signing Josh McPake next season.
However they will face competition with Carlisle United also named as potential suitors with several Scottish sides said to be eager to take McPake on loan.
But the links to ex-Celtic midfielder Paul Hartley have made the headlines and it’ll be interesting to see where Josh McPake ends up from here.
The attacker’s career offered such promise and McPake was even handed his Rangers debut by Steven Gerrard, the winger coming on as a substitute as a 17-year-old v St Joseph’s in the Europa League qualifiers.
Meanwhile, reports of a new deal for a Rangers veteran are wide of the mark, according to club insiders.