By Danny Wright
Pedro Caixinha has promised to take Barrie McKay to the next level if he stays at Rangers.
According to the Daily Mail, the 22-year-old refused to sign a two-year extension to his contract.
The Ibrox chiefs also failed to tempt the Scot to prolong his deal with a pay rise.
McKay’s deal runs out at the end of next season and he would be able to sign a pre-contract with another club in January 2018 if he wishes.
Caixinha is a fan of the one-time Scottish international and has reached out to him to try and convince him to sign a new contract with the club.
“Barrie McKay is my boy and I want to keep him to raise him to another level. So far he has been perfect for me,” said the Portuguese boss, as quoted by the Daily Record.
McKay has been a key part of the Gers’ first season back in the Scottish Premiership.
In 40 appearances across all competitions he’s scored four goals and provided 11 assists – although it would be fair to say his stats have looked less impressive since Mark Warburton’s controversial exit in February.
Caixinha has a number of contracts to sort out before the summer begins with experienced duo Kenny Miller and Clint Hill looking as though they could leave Ibrox if their respective deals are not extended.
In other Rangers news, fans have given their reaction to McKay’s reported contract snub.