Rangers have begun fresh contract negotiations with Josh McPake in an effort to avoid losing him to Liverpool this summer, according to the Daily Record.

Manager Steven Gerrard is a fan of McPake and wants the youngster to attend Rangers’ eight-day pre-season training camp this week.

The club are prepared to offer the 17-year-old an improved three-year deal to ward off interest from a number of clubs in England and Germany, one of which is Liverpool.

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The winger has just one year left on his current contract and rejected an extension offer in March.

However, his representatives are now in discussions with Rangers again over a new deal that would see McPake remain at Ibrox for the foreseeable future.

The youngster shone for the Gers youth and reserve teams last season, playing a key role in the 3-2 win over Celtic in the Youth Cup Final.

Liverpool are always in the market for young talent and would certainly be keen on acquiring McPake if the opportunity arises.

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