Rangers have confirmed that teenage striker Josh McParke has agreed a new deal with the club.
The Light Blues’ Youth Academy announced on their official Twitter account on Friday morning that the club has finalised the paperwork on a new two-year deal for the 16-year-old centre-forward who signed from Hibernian in 2015.
— Rangers Youth Academy (@RFC_Youth) March 30, 2018
McPake is now tied down at Ibrox until 2020 and will no doubt see him continue his fantastic development that has seen him called up to the Scotland Under-16s and Under-17s squad.
Earlier this month, McPake scored a brilliant hat-trick for the Gers’ Under-17s in a 4-2 win against Celtic’s youth team at Auchenhowie in the Glasgow Cup.
That treble will no doubt have played a part in him getting a new deal at Ibrox and fans will now be waiting to see whether the teenager can eventually break into the senior squad.
Football Insider verdict
McPake looks like he has a very good future on his hands if he can keep his head down and keep improving at Ibrox. The problem is that youth development has taken a bit of a back seat at Rangers in recent years so it will perhaps be more time before the Glasgow giants begin to produce talent more often that they currently. There are already signs that things are improving with Ross McCrorie’s emergence so hopefully the defender’s rise to the senior squad can open the floodgates for a wave of Scottish talent to make a mark at Ibrox.