By Saikat Mandal

12th Jul, 2022 | 9:40pm

Logistics key factor behind move as Rangers give Josh McPake green light for loan exit

Rangers winger Josh McPake has been given the “green light” to secure a loan move away from Ibrox this week, according to a report from The Northern Echo.

A host of clubs including Stevenage and Crawley have joined Queens Park and Dundee in the race for his signature, while the newspaper wrote on their online edition on 12 July that Hartlepool United also hold an interest in the player.

Rangers have made a decision already that it would be better for McPake to further his development with another loan spell away from Ibrox for next season.

The report adds that “the logistics of travelling to the North-East of England” could be a major factor in deciding McPake’s next club.

Key for development

The youngster spent his last three loan spells in England with Harrogate Town, Morecambe and Tranmere Rovers, and he could move to another English club again this summer.

He must decide whether he wants to continue his development south of the border or move to any Scottish Premier League side.

Paul Hartley, the Hartlepool boss, is keen to add depth to their forward options for next season and has earmarked McPake as an option.

The 20-year-old can play on either wing and although Pool are looking to sign a striker, he can offer an attacking outlet to their side if they can strike a deal.

Another loan move does make sense but it’s also important that he must be given a first-team chance in the future.

At his age, getting regular games is vital for his development. In the current set-up, McPake would really struggle to cement his position in the senior team.

At the same time, it is also important that McPake picks the right club for his development.

In other Rangers news, the Bears are set to have funds released for major new transfer activity with one exit now done