Scunthorpe United manager Stuart McCall has admitted that club would like to re-sign Jak Alnwick on loan from Rangers for the rest of the season and has struck an optimistic note about it happening.

Alnwick’s short stay with Scunthorpe came to an end in early January and he has returned to Rangers.

Steven Gerrard’s side currently have Allan McGregor as the first choice while Wes Foderingham is the back-up to the experienced custodian.

Alnwick was a key performer for Scunthorpe and managed four clean sheets in League One, after joining in the summer.

McCall wants to retain the 25-year old’s services for the remainder of the season and has revealed the player is keen to stay as well.

“We have had liasons with Rangers and at the end of the day, it is down to what Rangers want to do”, McCall was quoted as saying by the Evening Times.

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“Then it is down to what Jak and his representatives want and then we are third in the pecking order.

“Rangers are away in Tenerife at the moment on their winter break and they are discussing all loan players, of which they have a few out."

And McCall has struck an optimistic note about the loan switch happening again as Rangers have given the impression they would be happy for it to go through.

“The feedback we are getting is that they are quite happy with Jak staying on loan until the end of the season.

“I was speaking to Jak the other day and he is more than happy to stay and we are more than happy with him.

“If Rangers allow it and he wants to stay we would like to keep him.”

Scunthorpe’s Matt Gilks is expected to return to first team action soon after recovering from an injury.

The side are currently 15th in the League One table and will look to be more consistent in the coming months and move higher up the table.