EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Scotland Under-19s are set to call up Rangers youngster Josh McPake for the first time to try and fend off interest from the Republic of Ireland, Football Insider understands.
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) have contacted McPake about switching international allegiances from Scotland to the Republic.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that McPake is set to meet with FAI officials to discuss a possible international switch with the Rangers attacker eligible to play for the Republic through his Irish grandmother.
However, in a major twist, Scotland are hoping to persuade McPake to stick with the country of his birth by calling up to the Under-19s for the friendlies with Japan next month.
The age-group side are preparing for the next round of Under-19 European Championship qualifiers in October.
McPake has represented Scotland at Under-17 and Under-18 level and they aim to convince the teenager to reject the overtures from the Republic of Ireland by giving him a call-up to the next age-group.
McPake has been tipped for a bright future at Rangers after winning the club’s Academy Player of the Season last term.
He made his first-team debut in Europa League qualifying earlier this summer before sealing a loan move to Championship side Dundee that was announced yesterday.
In other Rangers news, a medical has been completed as club agree to pay six-figure fee for Ibrox player.