By Joe Ellis

4th Jul, 2022 | 4:03pm

Hartlepool made to wait for Rangers decision on Josh McPake

Rangers are set to assess Josh McPake’s role in the squad during pre-season which could put pay to his chances of a loan move, according to the Northern Echo.

The 20-year-old spent the 2021-22 campaign away from Ibrox at Morecambe and then Tranmere Rovers on short-term loan deals and he is hoping to stake a claim to make the graduation to the Rangers squad this season.

But Giovanni van Bronckhorst will need some convincing first and he is set to run the rule over the Scottish youth international during pre-season before making his decision over his future.

As a result, Hartlepool United are having to wait to make a loan move for McPake until the Light Blues manager has made his mind up as they hope to bring him back to League Two for another year.

He has already started to do the right things to impress van Bronckhorst as he scored the winning goal against Partick Thistle in a 3-2 pre-season friendly win.

Not ready

Something that we need to remember is that an academy player has to be ready to play for the best team in the entire country and average ability is not accepted in the senior game.

McPake can’t justify being among the Rangers squad for the 2022-23 campaign if he can’t prove to van Bronckhorst that he can provide something different and special to his midfield department.

At this stage in his career, he needs to be playing each and every week no matter the quality of opponent he comes up against which is why a loan to the Pools makes total sense.

Having said that, there is no rush to send him to Victoria Park immediately if we know that a deal can be agreed. We have the chance to play him throughout our own pre-season and then send him to England fully fit and raring to make an impact in League Two.

In other Rangers news, Fashion Sakala is a surprise transfer target for a newly-promoted club in France but a deal looks unlikely to happen anytime soon.