Bristol City have joined QPR in the race to sign Rangers loan star Josh McPake in the summer, Football Insider has learned.
This site revealed on 15th March that the Londoners, managed by ex-Ibrox boss Mark Warburton, have set their sights on McPake.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Bristol City are rivalling QPR for the 19-year-old attacker, who is on loan at Harrogate Town.
McPake has made a big impression at the English League Two club and has gone up a level after spending the first half of this campaign at Scottish Championship side Greenock Morton.
QPR and Bristol City, managed by Nigel Pearson, have both sent talent spotters to assess the teenager and are compiling dossiers ahead of the next window.
It remains to be seen if the second-tier duo – 12th and 13th in the Championship respectively – will explore permanent or loan deals.
McPake has another year remaining on his Rangers contract at the end of this season.
At Ibrox, the competition for attacking places is more intense than at an point in the last decade.
The likes of Ryan Kent, Kemar Roofe and Ianis Hagi are the first choice wide attackers in Steven Gerrard’s high flying team, who are in the Europa League last 16.
Football Insider broke the news on 29th December that Harrogate had won the race to sign McPake ahead of Forest Green Rovers.
He has fitted in well at the Yorkshire club, with his 14 starts yielding goals against Colchester United and Tranmere Rovers.
At Morton in the first half of this season, McPake grabbed two assists in 12 appearances across all competitions.
Rangers opted to recall the Scotland Under-19 cap and agree another move that they believe will help his development.
McPake, who has made just one senior appearance for the Glasgow giants, is a versatile attacker who operates anywhere across the front line but mainly on the right flank.