Nottingham Forest icon Garry Birtles has blasted Rangers for their ‘badly wrong’ transfer of Barrie McKay to the City Ground over the summer.

The Scottish winger moved south and was reunited with former boss Mark Warburton for £500,000 after entering the final year of his contract.

The 22-year-old has made 19 appearances so far this season for Forest – contributing seven assists – and has impressed in the Championship.

Birtles believes the Gers made a massive mistake letting McKay so cheaply and claims that Forest have already “doubled” their money on the star.

“I have to say £500,000 seemed cheap back in the summer, for a player who had done well and scored goals in the Scottish Premiership and been capped by Scotland,” Birtles wrote in his column for the Nottingham Post.

“I think they’ve already doubled their money on McKay – and he’s only been at the City Ground for five months.

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“Sometimes you get it right in the transfer market and sometimes you get it wrong.

“And Rangers got it wrong on McKay. Badly.”

McKay joined the Gers in 2011 after being released by Kilmarnock and made his first-team debut the following year.

After the Gers’ financial meltdown in 2012, McKay found himself thrust into a prominent position in the Light Blues’ first-team despite only being 17.

Despite falling out of favour as the club progressed through the Scottish leagues, McKay found himself returning to prominence under Warburton in the Scottish Championship.

With the winger entering the final year of his Ibrox deal – and seemingly unwilling to agree a new one – the club had little option but to sell McKay.

In other Rangers news, Celtic have suddenly become a key part in the Gers’ bid to appoint McInnes.

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