Bristol Rovers boss discusses links with Rangers' Josh McPake

Bristol Rovers manager Graham Coughlan during the Checkatrade Trophy Semi Final Tie between Bristol Rovers and Sunderland at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Tuesday 5th March 2019.

Josh McPake needs to play regular first-team football after signing a new contract with Steven Gerrard's Scottish Premiership powerhouses Rangers.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Bristol Rovers manager Graham Coughlan has played down any suggestions that highly-rated Rangers winger Josh McPake could be on his way to the League One outfit, speaking to the Bristol Post.

At the age of just 17, McPake is one of the most exciting young attacking talents anywhere in Scottish football. Why else would he catch the eye of bonafide European giants like Roma and Liverpool before signing a new long-term contract with The Gers, as reported by the Daily Record?

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But with Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Jones, Brandon Barker and Jake Hastie all arriving at Ibrox this summer, don’t expect McPake to force his way into Steven Gerrard’s starting XI any time soon.

 

Like Greg Docherty before him, McPake would benefit immensely from a loan spell away from Glasgow. But it doesn’t look like the teenager is heading to the Memorial Stadium any time soon with Dublin-born Coughlan at the helm.

“From Rangers? Rangers? Are you actually telling me I am going to be signing a Rangers player? If he was from Celtic I might think about it,” the popular Coughlan said.

Bristol Rovers manager Graham Coughlan during the Checkatrade Trophy Semi Final Tie between Bristol Rovers and Sunderland at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Tuesday 5th March 2019.

“I haven’t seen that, I haven’t read that, I will go home and have a look and see where that has come from. It is the first I have heard of it.”

Back in 2013/14, Celtic sent a little-known youngster by the name of Callum McGregor to Notts County for a season. 12 months later, the Glasgow-born talent returned after scoring 14 times during an outstanding campaign in the third tier of English football which paved the way for him to establish himself at the heart of Celtic’s team.

Could McPake follow in McGregor’s footsteps? Possibly, but Rangers need to find an environment for him to thrive first.

Callum McGregor of Celtic scores the first Celtic goal during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the Celtic Park on February 15, 2018 in Glasgow,...

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