21-year-old star credits one man with his Rangers turnaround
By Coral Barry
Barrie McKay has thanked Mark Warburton for giving him the chance to turn his Rangers career around.
The 21-year-old winger has been a revelation for Rangers this season as they finally sealed promotion back into the Scottish Premiership and ended a four year journey back from the dead.
Rangers were demoted to the third division of Scottish football in 2012 after suspect finances wrecked the club, but will be back amongst the tops dogs next season and McKay has been a massive part of the final ascent with nine goals and 12 assists in all competitions.
The winger has demonstrated immense skill plus an eye for goal this campaign and after spending last season on loan at Raith Rovers, McKay was unsure if he would ever get his chance at the Ibrox.
That is until Warbruton was appointed manager last summer.
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“I maybe didn’t think at this time last year that I would be here and lifting the trophy today as I didn’t know where I was going to be last summer,” said McKay speaking to Rangers TV.
“I always planned to be playing here and when the gaffer [Warburton] came here he told everyone that it was a clean slate and he put a lot of confidence in me.
“He told me that I had to go and impress and thankfully I’ve done that.”
McKay and Rangers used their final home game of the season to show off the Scottish Championship trophy to their fans at the Ibrox on Saturday after a 1-1 draw with Alloa.
Rangers have two more league games to play before facing off against Hibernian in the final of the Scottish Cup on the 21st of May.
In other Rangers news, Dave King has been speaking about how much the Old Firm victory over Celtic meant to him.