RANGERS Academy forward Josh McPake enjoyed a Twitter Q&A with fans on the Youth Development Company account yesterday – if you missed it here are the highlights from his session.
Last season’s Rangers Academy player of the Year enjoyed a memorable campaign in 2018/19 and he has started 2019/20 positively.
Josh travelled with the squad for pre-season in Portugal this summer and enjoyed a run out against Oxford at Ibrox before making his competitive Rangers debut against St Joseph’s in the Europa League.
Q – Nicol – Have you seen how good you are in Football Manager 2019?
A – I have and I stick myself upfront for Rangers.
Q – Emma – What advice would you give a young child wanting to be a professional footballer? My son is 8 and a goalkeeper. He is with Rangers advanced training here in Belfast & his dream is to play professionally.
A – Keep pushing and believe in yourself. There will always be ups and downs but you have to keep working hard. Good luck to your son.
Q – Kimmie – Who in the first team do you look up to?
A – I look up to Scott Arfield – he is so good with me and is always giving me good tips and advice. He is just a really good guy.
Q – What made you sign a new long-term deal with Rangers?
A – I signed because of the direction the club is going – there is so much quality in the first team and I have been able to train with them on a regular basis.
Q – Lewis Mayo – Last meal on earth, what would it be?
A – Bread and butter – that’s what you want me to say!
Q – Nico Bellic – How has your development as a striker came on since Defoe has come in?
A – I feel like it has gone a lot better in terms of movement and runs in behind. That’s certainly improved since he came in. He gives me tips in training about finishing and getting into good scoring opportunities.
Q – SNSE – What have you learned from training with the first team during pre-season and what’s your expectations for the season ahead personally?
A –The trip was brilliant, to see what they do, how they prepare and what they eat on a daily basis was a great experience. Hopefully, I can break into the squad and be a first-team player for Rangers
Q – Ash – Best players you’ve played with and against?
A – Jermain Defoe is the best I have played with and against I would say the toughest defenders are Niko Katic and Connor Goldson – they are both really tough.
Q – Curtis – Which player did you look up to when growing up?
A – The Brazilian Ronaldo – also Ronaldinho.
Q – Fiona – Who would be in your all-time Rangers 5 a side team?
A – Greegsy in goal, James Tavernier, Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and Jermain Defoe.
Q – Shane – If you could achieve anything in your footballing career what would you most like to achieve? Apart from being a Rangers player of course.
A – I would like to play for Rangers, win trophies here and play for Scotland.
Q – Willie – Favourite Rangers goal & are you looking to go out on loan this season?
A – My favourite Rangers goal was against Rapid Vienna away last season – last-minute counter-attack, I went past two players, rounded the keeper and put it in. And I will just keep working hard to try and break into the first team.
Since 2002, RYDC profits have been directed to Rangers Football Club’s youth programme – with almost £8 million provided so far.
And in January, Academy Head Craig Mulholland and youth graduate Glenn Middleton accepted an RYDC donation of £400,000.
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