Bristol Rovers manager Graham Coughlan has dismissed claims he is interested in Rangers winger Josh McPake as reported by the Bristol Post.
Rovers are one of four clubs mentioned in dispatches as a possible loan destination for the winger, but Rovers’ Irish boss quickly shut down the idea in emphatic fashion when asked to comment on the rumours. He said: ‘From Rangers? Rangers? Are you actually telling me I am going to be signing a Rangers player? If he was from Celtic, I might think about it.’
‘I haven’t seen that I haven’t read that. I will go home and have a look and see where that has come from.’
‘It is the first I have heard of it.’
The local paper claims Coughlan is looking to add some pace to his squad and is in the market for a wide man. With little money to spend, the Gas boss has made no secret of the fact that any additions to his squad would likely have to be a loan deal, and players will probably have to exit his squad to make room.
Rovers have started their League One campaign with a draw and a defeat but secured their first victory of the season in a comfortable 3-0 win over Cheltenham Town in the first round of the Carabao Cup last night in which speedy Sheffield United loanee Tyler Smith impressed with two goals.
Full-backs Josh Hare and Luke Leahy are currently providing the width in the side, but after Coughlan’s comments, it seems unlikely McPake will be seen at the Memorial Stadium any time soon.
Great tongue in cheek batting away of a transfer rumour by the Gas boss.
More serious is the lack of depth in his squad, and while a seventeen year-old-loanee from Rangers might not be the answer, he needs to add some players before the window closes.
His team is a match for most sides in the division when all his top men are fit but could struggle if injuries and suspensions start to take their toll.