Glasgow Rangers hosted their annual ceremony awards in the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel on April 7 after their fine 3-0 win at Fir Park, Motherwell.

What a fabulous year it has been for 17-year-old Josh McPake, who won the prestigious “Academy Player of the Year” award for season 2018-19.

McPake is a young versatile player who can play in many different positions in the various Rangers team selections.

The youngster thinks his best position could eventually be in the number 10 role just behind the striker, because he loves the opportunity to always be involved in all the attacking moves, and he has the stamina for it.

His coaches often describe his talent of possessing the ability to beat his man, with a direct playing style, extremely tricky on the ball and has great pace.

McPake continues to impress all his coaches, including Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister, who invited him on several occasions to train with the first team.

He can play for the U18’s, U19’s, U20’s and consistently starts for the Rangers reserve team – no wonder he won the award.

After kicking the season off playing in the under-18 side, McPake soon progressed to the U20’s and Reserves.

“It means a lot that all the hard work through the season has come to this. I have come on leaps and bounds this season,” he said, according to the Rangers official website.

“I started quite slowly with the under-18s but worked my way up into the Reserves and proved myself there to be a starter.

“Hopefully I can keep carrying on and my next step will be the first team.

“There are a lot of games between now and the end of the season, but the boys just need to keep going, keep trying and I reckon we can win it all.

“Last year, I won the Glasgow Cup against Celtic at Firhill, and that was a great moment, so I would like to do it again this year, hopefully in the Youth Cup final and the Glasgow Cup final.”

McPake could claim a unique quadruple of both leagues as well as the Scottish FA Youth Cup and City of Glasgow Cup in what remains of this season.

The opportunity to train with the first-team is something McPake is desperate to make a regular occurrence.

The young Rangers star certainly has a bright future in the game.


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