By Will Butcher

Joe Garner believes Rangers wonderkid Barrie McKay can achieve anything in the world of football.

Speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times, Garner claimed winger McKay has the ability to reach the very top after a number of eye-catching performances for the Gers.

“Baz is only a young lad. I see him every day in training and he is a top, top player,” Garner said. “You saw that [on Saturday] and the fans were right behind him. He can be anything he wants to be.

“What age is Barry? 21? He is not very old. Trust me, he has all the ability to go wherever he wants. Let him play his football.”

McKay has been an integral part of Mark Warburton’s side this season despite his tender age, as the Gers have climbed to second behind Old Firm rivals Celtic.

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After losing to Hearts at the end of November, McKay scored his side’s second on Saturday in the reverse fixture as the 54-time Scottish champions secured a 2-0 victory.

McKay’s second goal of the season secured Rangers’ ninth win of the Scottish Premiership season, as they go four points clear of second placed Aberdeen.

After making his Scotland debut back in the summer against France, McKay has continued to go from strength to strength on the flank showing a dangerous combination of pace and skill that continues to terrorise his full-back opponents.

Nine assists in just 23 league and cup encounters for the Gers has seen him continue to play a crucial part in Warburton’s side, and he is likely to feature against Hamilton on Friday.

Garner is expected to join him, as Rangers look to reduce Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic lead at the top of the league which currently stands at eight points and three games in hand.

In other Rangers news, these three senior players could leave Ibrox in January.