By Matt Farr
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has demanded more from winger Barrie McKay next season.
The 22-year-old has been one of only a few shining lights in what has been a miserable season at Ibrox, but the Rangers boss is still looking for improvement next term.
McKay has scored six goals and supplied 11 assists from 44 appearances in all competitions, including goals in each of his last two Scottish Premiership matches.
But the future of the ever-present winger at the club remains up in the air, as he is approaching the final year of his contract at Ibrox.
Speaking to the Daily Record, the Portuguese demanded the youngster become more proactive, and to work harder to make things happen when things aren’t going their way.
He said: “Barrie has been more proactive in the last two games but I still want more from him. He has been a very important player for the last two matches.
“What does he need to do more? He needs to be more proactive. The game is a lot of phases and stages and I want all the players to be keen on the game. If things are not coming they need to look for it.
“That’s a personal issue I’ve discussed with Barrie. When I work with players I can work two or three months with them but I always try to help them improve.”
Caixinha’s challenge to McKay does however, suggest that the Rangers boss is looking for the winger to earn himself a new deal, and may not be tabling fresh terms just yet.
He has been an important player this season, but Caixinha is not willing to settle for the current level at Ibrox, with Rangers having struggled to compete with rivals Celtic and Aberdeen this term.
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