The Republic of Ireland are reportedly targeting 17-year old Rangers winger Josh McPake to play for the Boys in Green, despite him representing Scotland at U17 level.
According to reports in the Scottish media, the FAI are looking to snatch McPake from under Scotland’s nose with the Ibrox standout qualifying to play for Ireland through his grandmother.
McPake is extremely highly rated at Rangers with the likes of Roma, Liverpool and Hoffenheim previously interested in his services before he signed a new deal in August until 2023 with the Scottish club.
The Daily Record outline that the FAI have made contact with McPake over a switch and may attempt to put pressure on Scotland by including him in Stephen Kenny’s U21 squad ahead of their upcoming games against Armenia and Sweden.
McPake has already featured this season for Rangers’ first team playing 20 minutes in their Europa League qualifying round victory over St Joseph’s
The report in the Record crucially outlines that he is currently committed to Scotland but that he may have a decision to make should Ireland step up their interest in him.
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The 17-year-old, should he opt to switch, would represent another exciting talent for Stephen Kenny to choose as his promising group of players look to qualify for the European Championships.
McPake could see first team action more regularly should he complete a loan spell to Dundee who are reportedly favourites to secure his short term services until January.