By Pete O’Rourke
Rangers are close to agreeing a new contract with rising star Josh McPake, Football Insider can reveal.
Football Insider revealed at the start of the week that the Light Blues had re-opened talks with the versatile forward, 17, in an attempt to fend off clubs tracking him across Europe.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that there has now been a major development as McPake has indicated he is likely to agree extended terms with the club.
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This is a major boost to Rangers’ hope of keeping hold of a player who has attracted interest from a number of top European clubs, including ones in Italy and Germany.
The club’s coaching staff regard McPake as a young player with immense potential and capable of bucking the trend of academy graduates of recent years by establishing himself in the first team.
The teenager rejected the club’s initial offer to extend his contract, which has one year remaining, earlier this year, but the fresh talks are close to resulting in an agreement.
Manager Steven Gerrard is set to take McPake to Portugal for a senior squad eight-day pre-season training camp this week.
The 17-year-old is seen as the most exciting prospect currently coming through at Ibrox and he was named the club’s Academy Player of the Year for his performances last season.
McPake helped Rangers win the Scottish Youth Cup with a man of the match performance in the final against Celtic and he also blew Gerrard away with his performance in a 4-4 behind-closed-doors friendly against Liverpool Under-23s in April.
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