By Emma Sanders
Kenny Shiels believes Barrie McKay is a better player than Celtic attacking midfielders James Forrest and Patrick Roberts and English clubs should be looking to sign him.
The former Kilmarnock manager shrugged off the suggestion that no Rangers player would get into the Celtic team when he stated McKay would be his first choice winger.
Shiels worked with McKay when he was a youth player at Kilmarnock and oversaw his breakthrough into the first team during a loan spell at Morton.
McKay is one of Rangers’ key players under Mark Warburton and Shiels is surprised no offers have emerged from the Championship or the Premier League to take him away from the Ibrox.
“I can’t believe clubs in England aren’t sniffing around, to be honest. He’s brave on the ball. He’s a tremendous player,” said Shiels, as reported by the Daily Record.
“He’s every bit as good as Celtic’s attacking players in the wide areas. I’d say he’s ahead of James Forrest and Patrick Roberts in terms of what he can bring to a team. His change of pace is better, his ability with the ball is better.”
The 22-year-old was released by Kilmarnock as an academy player due to injury concerns regarding his hip but he is now a regular starter at Rangers.
He is a current Scotland international and has already made 20 Premiership appearances for the Gers this season, including a start against Celtic last week.
McKay was one of Rangers’ best performers in the Old Firm derby but he wasn’t able to help his side record a victory as the Hoops broke a 15-month unbeaten record at the Ibrox with a 2-1 win.
Celtic duo Forrest and Roberts both appeared against Rangers and they have notched up 31 league appearances between them this season.
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