By Matt Farr
Mark Warburton may be willing to cash in on Rangers winger Barrie McKay this month to bring in up to three new £2million signings, according to a report.
The 22-year-old Ibrox star has been in impressive touch for the Scottish giants this season, and has attracted interest from several European sides.
It is now claimed by the newspaper that Warburton would reluctantly allow McKay to quit if he can bring in a number of top quality players.
The Rangers boss would prefer to keep the Scotland international at the club, but has one eye on rebuilding the squad.
Speaking to the Record following the interest, a Rangers source revealed Warburton’s plans for McKay: “The manager has had to bring loan signings in the short-term because there isn’t a lot of money for him to buy players.
“If serious money is being offered, he wouldn’t want to lose a player of that ability but if it gave him the opportunity to bring in two or three players in the £2m bracket, he’d be prepared to allow that to happen.
“But given the kind of money being spent in England, there’s a real chance McKay could go for a lot more than £6m in the summer. That’s the dilemma.”
McKay has contributed three goals and nine assists from 27 appearances in all competitions this season, but caught the eye of RB Leipzig in a friendly with the Bundesliga side on Sunday.
Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to add to his Scottish contingent, having already landed Oliver Burke from Nottingham Forest in the summer.
Burke was an unused substitute as McKay made his senior international debut for Scotland in their 3-0 defeat to France back in June.
Football Insider verdict
Rangers will not get very far in their pursuit of Celtic if they let their best assets leave the club. However, with a lack of funds at Mark Warburton’s disposal, it would be understandable if they did decide to cash-in on one or two players. £6million may not go particular far in today’s market, but Rangers would at least be able to have a go at bringing in new players, having largely been restricted to loan deals and free transfers this season. As the source suggests, Rangers could get more for McKay from an English team, but they run the risk of Leipzig losing their interest in the player if they spend too much time holding out for a more substantial offer. If they do let him go, it would take more than a few £2million players to replace McKay.
In other Rangers transfer news, Warburton has given an emphatic statement on the future of this player.