Rangers could release Ibrox youngster Josh McPake – less than a year after he was handed a three-year deal.

According to the Daily Record, Rangers are considering cutting ties with the 20-year-old attacking midfielder who was once rated as amongst the best young players at Ibrox.

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This comes after stuttering loan spells at Morecambe and Tranmere Rovers, where he has now fallen “well out of favour” at Prenton Park.

Rangers consider Josh McPake release

Given his Ibrox debut under Steven Gerrard against St Joseph’s of Gibraltar in a Europa League qualifier in 2019, to date the only match he has ever played in for the club.

Highly rated by the now Aston Villa manager, Josh McPake signed a three-year deal in July and Head of Academy Craig Mullholland claimed that the youngster had “matured massively” as a person and player over the months preceding the deal [Rangers].

However, after a stuttering campaign there are now some reports questioning the player’s mentality and attitude and this has brought into question his suitability for Rangers.

Football Scotland claim that the player’s attitude has “come into question in recent times”.

They also suggest that the youngster has no future at Ibrox.

It’s an interesting fall from grace of sorts from being one of the club’s most highly-rated young talents to having a contract torn up with two years to run.

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Whatever the case, we don’t expect much movement on this until the summer but if Josh McPake would be lingering around the Rangers Training Centre with a bad attitude maybe an exit is for the best.

The youngster has also had loan stints at Dundee, Greenock Morton and Harrogate Town and unless things turn around rapidly it appears he’s on his way out of Rangers.

Meanwhile, tributes aplenty continue to flood in in honour of legendary Rangers kitman Jimmy Bell after his sad passing at the age of 69.

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