The Daily Record have claimed that Rangers have reopened contract talks with wonderkid Josh McPake in a bid to keep the young attacker at Ibrox, amid interest from Liverpool and other European sides.
McPake, 17, starred for Rangers’ reserve side last season and his excellent form has seen Liverpool, Borussia Monchengladbach and AS Roma all declare their interest in the Gers academy product.
Steven Gerrard is a big admirer of McPake and is desperate to tie him down to a three-year deal, after McPake rejected a new contract back in March. His current deal expires in the summer of 2020.
Rangers are set to embark on an eight-day pre-season training camp in Portugal this week, and Gerrard hopes a deal can be met before then. McPake is due to join the Gers senior side in Portugal.
📝| Rangers have reopened talks with Josh McPake. Liverpool and AS Roma are both interested in the midfielder. pic.twitter.com/9Ztu0dHPRA
— Rangers Culture (@RangersCulture) June 18, 2019
At just 17 years of age, McPake is one of the brightest talents to come through the Rangers academy in recent years and has every chance of breaking into Gerrard’s side.
Gerrard showed last season that he was more than willing of bringing younger players through to the first team, with Dapo Mebude, Serge Atakayi, Glenn Middleton and more all getting a chance in the first team.
Staying at Rangers will be ideal for McPake, though the lure of Liverpool and Roma will he hard to ignore.
— Daily Record Sport (@Record_Sport) June 18, 2019