EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Rangers youngster Josh McPake is set to meet with Republic of Ireland officials over possibly switching his international allegiances from Scotland, Football Insider understands.
The Football Association of Ireland have contacted McPake about representing the Republic of Ireland ahead of Scotland in what would be a shock move.
McPake qualifies for the Republic through his Irish grandmother and his eligibility has been brought to the attention of Ireland Under-21s boss Stephen Kenny and Republic senior boss Mick McCarthy.
The skilful winger has represented Scotland at Under-17 and Under-18 level, but Ibrox sources have told Football Insider he is set for imminent talks with one of the other home nations.
The Republic are hoping to convince McPake to play for them and could call him up to their Under-21 squad for their European Championship qualifiers next month.
McPake made his Rangers first-team debut earlier this season in the Europa League qualifying and he is highly regarded by the coaching staff at Ibrox.
The 17-year-old is on the verge of joining Dundee on loan so that he can continue his development with regular first-team football before returning to challenge for a spot in the Rangers side.
In other Rangers news, a medical has been completed as club agree to pay six-figure fee for Ibrox player.