Three young Rangers players have secured temporary transfers to Championship clubs as they look to build up experience in the SPFL.
Rangers confirmed the transfers on Friday morning [Rangers Youth Academy], following speculation concerning the players.
Scotland U21 international, Lewis Mayo, has joined Dunfermline Athletic. The centre-back featured for the first-team during pre-season, impressing in the Trophee Veolia in Lyon.
His loan stint at Partick Thistle at the back end of last season was cut short by the global health crisis, but he now returns for a second shot at the second-tier with the Pars.
As expected, Josh McPake has joined Greenock Morton. Both NIFL Premiership champions Linfield and fellow Championship club Ayr United were said to be interested in the Scotland U19s winger [Glasgow Times], but he will play his football at Cappielow this season.
McPake has made one competitive appearance under Steven Gerrard and scored prolifically at development level, but endured a difficult first stint away from Ibrox at Dundee over the first half of last season.
Finally, promising young left-back James Maxwell has joined Queen of the South.
The 18-year-old travelled to Dubai with the senior squad during last season’s winter break but is yet to make a competitive appearance for the club.
Maxwell played 90 minutes in all five of the Gers’ UEFA Youth League fixtures last season and also played an important role in the Colts’ charge to the Challenge Cup semi-final.
It’s a real positive that all three players have managed to secure moves to the Championship and they will be hoping to show they are capable of mixing it in a competitive senior league when the action gets underway in October.