By Danny Wright
Barrie McKay’s agent Grant Smith has revealed that Rangers could have made at least £1million off the attacker’s sale to Nottingham Forest in the summer.
McKay, 22, left Ibrox for the City Ground to reunite with Mark Warburton for a fee of £500,000 and it has now been claimed that Forest would have been willing to pay a lot more.
Smith has now claimed that Rangers lost all leverage they had on selling McKay, who rose through the ranks of their youth system, by telling Forest that they didn’t want him, even though the one-time Scotland international was happy to stay.
“Forest would have paid a lot more. Easily. Double at least,” said Smith, as quoted by Sky Sports. “Someone doing the job of that size should have been doing better. He cost Rangers a lot of money.
“I keep hearing and reading Barrie was desperate to go. He must have had three or four meetings to say, ‘I’m happy to stay’.
“They told them they didn’t want Barrie. If you tell a buyer you want this player to stay – that’s your leverage. Soon as you put him with the youth team then you don’t have any leverage. Rangers took their poker hand away from themselves.”
Smith has also blasted Caixinha for the way that he handled the whole situation.
As well as seeing the Gers lose money on McKay’s sale, the attacker’s agent has claimed that Caixinha was never clear on the player’s stature at Ibrox, with him one minute being a key player to the next being a complete outcast.
“Forest were interested and they made £15million on a player [Britt Assombalonga’s sale to Middlesbrough]. Then Pedro decided not to involve him. He ostracised him,” Smith added.
“He was contradicting himself all the time. One minute saying he was the best player in Scotland, the next he was putting him with the youths.”
Since moving south of the border to work with Warburton once again, McKay has not looked back, quickly becoming the star player that all Rangers fans had hoped he would have become.
In 15 appearances across all competitions with Nottingham Forest, the Scot has scored four goals and supplied seven assists.
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