Rangers have such high hopes for starlet Josh McPake they handed him one of the most lucrative deals they have ever given to one of their young players, Football Insider understands.

The wide forward, 18, returned to Ibrox last month after his loan spell at Dundee came to an end and he is now making progress in his push to break into the senior side.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the club’s coaches regard McPake as a huge talent and they are convinced he can establish himself in the first team in the coming years.

The club pushed the boat out when they tied McPake down to a new deal last summer that runs until 2020.

It is said to be on more favourable terms that almost any other contract the club has ever given to one of its young players.

That shows the faith Rangers have in McPake , who is starting to find his feet against now after a difficult loan spell at Dundee in the first of the campaign.

He made just three league starts among seven appearances for the Scottish Championship club and returned to Rangers early due to injury.

He is now fully fit again and has been named in the Scotland Under-19 squad for friendly fixtures against Czech Republic and Spain this month.

 

Football Insider columnist Alan Hutton has revealed how Rangers reserve coach Peter Lovenkrands has been raving to him about the young attacker.

The teenager impressed for Steven Gerrard’s side in pre-season and made his first-team debut as a substitute in the Europa League qualifying win over St Joseph’s FC last summer.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club have agreed terms of new £4.5million deal.