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Rangers Try To Head Off Liverpool In Battle To Secure 17 Year Old Winger

Rangers are trying to head off interest in teenager Josh McPake, according to reports in the Scottish media.

Liverpool, Borussia Monchengladbach and Roma have all been tracking the 17-year-old after the midfielder rejected a new contract back in March.

McPake has one year left on his current deal but he had put in a number of excellent performances for the club at youth level last season.

The winger was instrumental in the Youth Cup final win against Celtic in April and has also performed well for the reserves.

Despite initial talks over a contract extension collapsing, it is believed the club and McPake have reopened discussions in order to keep the youngster at Ibrox.

A three-year contract is being proposed, and manager Steven Gerrard is said to be hopeful that an agreement can be reached.

Keeping McPake will be a massive boost for the club. The wide man is one of the best prospects coming through the youth system, and there are high hopes he can make it at senior level.

His chance could come sooner than many think as he is expected to fly out to Portugal with Rangers’ first team squad for pre-season training later this week.

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