By Harry Sykes
Kris Boyd has named Barrie McKay as the only player binned out by Pedro Caixinha this summer who could have had a big Rangers future.
The Portugese has overhauled the playing squad that failed to fire last season after being given a mandate to rip apart the team assembled by ex-manager Mark Warburton.
Writing in his weekly Scottish Sun column, Boyd accepted that Michael O’Halloran, Joe Garner, Martyn Waghorn and Barrie McKay have all made a major impact for their new clubs.
But the former Ibrox striker, who is now at Kilmarnock, is convinced that ruthless Caixinha was not wrong to offload so many of the 2016-17 first teamers.
“Caixinha came in and one of the first things he did was have a clear-out,” Boyd wrote in the Scottish Sun.
“I know some of the guys he punted have done well in the last few weeks — guys like Michael O’Halloran, Joe Garner, Martyn Waghorn and Barrie McKay all scoring goals.
“But for me McKay was the only one who could have had a future at Ibrox.”
McKay was sold to Nottingham Forest for a fee of around £1.5million, while Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner were offloaded to Ipswich Town.
O’Halloran is still on Rangers’ books but is spending the season on loan at St Johnstone.
Rangers have signed 10 new players this summer, with the latest being the capture of winger Aaron Nemane on loan from Manchester City.
The two to have made the biggest impact so far are Portugese defender Bruno Alves and Scottish central midfielder Dorrans.
Indeed, Alves is in such fine form that he has been named in Portugal’s squad for their World Cup double header against Faroe Islands and Hungary.
However, question marks have already been raised about the ability of the others, many of whom are known to Caixinha from either his native Portugal or his managing days in Mexico, to make an impact in Scotland.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha has destroyed a 26-year-old player on the Ibrox books.