By Joe Ellis

3rd Jul, 2022 | 6:02pm

Rangers urged to give Josh McPake first-team chance by Micky Mellon

Rangers gave a lot of their young talent their Scottish Premiership debuts on the final day of last season but one name was evidently missing.

Promising midfielder Josh McPake could not play that game for the Bears but not because he was injured or not good enough.

The 20-year-old was actually on loan at Tranmere Rovers in the English League Two where he was a regular for the Super White Army throughout his short spell on the Wirral.

His manager at Prenton Park was Micky Mellon who is adamant that McPake does not need another loan away from Ibrox and is ready to play a role for Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

“Josh is ready to go,” Mellon said, as quoted by the Daily Record. “I have had a good few phone calls asking about him. He just needs that opportunity now and a coach to give him a chance to go play and to develop. Josh is now at an age where he has got to go and play.

“I genuinely believe this can be a big season for this young man. He is a talented boy, a good dribbler and a top footballer.

“He is quick and strong and he has all the attributes you need in the modern game. I am in no doubt he will develop very quickly into a top, top player.”

Trust

Maybe now is the time for van Bronckhorst to put his full belief in the youngsters already at Auchenhowie after what we saw from some of the kids last season.

Most notably, of course, we saw Alex Lowry go from a relatively unknown quantity to a majority of Rangers supporters to being a player who always got us on the edge of our seats no matter the game being played.

Leon King also played a handful of times and looked incredibly composed in defence with those who made their debuts away at Hearts on the final day all looked solid too.

McPake could be just that too but he needs to be given the chance to prove Mellon right and he has been doing all the right things s far in pre-season.

We don’t need to see an entire academy side for every game and the big matches should still warrant the best team playing but more opportunities have to come up for these youngsters next season.

In other Rangers news, the Gers have added yet another teenager to their academy roster and this one has been poached from Everton.