Rangers 22-year-old set for Ibrox exit after contract talks go south - report
By Danny Wright
Barrie McKay has turned down a new contract offer from the club with just over a year left on his contract, according to a report.
The Daily Mail reports that the 22-year-old was offered a two-year extension to his current deal.
McKay’s current deal runs out at the end of next season and clubs will be able to sign him on a pre-contract in January 2018.
Pedro Caixinha is eager to see the winger stay with the Light Blues and he was also offered a pay rise to try and sweeten the deal. It is said that Rangers will likely make another offer.
Talks were originally set to take place in the summer but the Portuguese boss has clearly been impressed by what he has seen from the one-time Scotland international in his first month with the Glasgow club.
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He’s been a key part in Rangers’ tumultuous season, scoring four goals and providing 11 assists in 40 appearances across all competitions.
However he was an unused substitute in the 3-0 win against Aberdeen on Sunday which was only the second game he has missed throughout the campaign.
Caixinha has a number of contracts to sort out when the season comes to a close as experienced duo Kenny Miller and Clint Hill will leave the club if their deals are left untouched.
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This is bad news for Rangers because McKay is easily one of their standout players. He’s been crucial to their season both under Mark Warburton and Graeme Murty, but since Caixinha’s arrival he’s failed to score in five possible games. At 22-years-of-age, McKay could have a long future at the club but if Leipzig come calling again it could be hard for him to resist the urge to move on. Scottish international Oliver Burke moved to the German club last summer and has proved a success so there’s no doubt that the Gers winger will think he’ll be able to do the same.
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