By Danny Wright
Mark Warburton is seeking a reunion with Rangers ace Barrie McKay, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Nottingham Forest are looking into the possibility of signing the 22-year-old on a cut-price deal in January.
Creative spark McKay is about to enter the final year of his Ibrox contract, meaning that Forest can hold talks with the winger as soon as he enters the final six months of his current deal.
The one-time Scotland international rejected a new contract in February but he expects fresh talks to take place over the summer.
“My agent spoke to the club a while ago, but they haven’t come back to us,” said the Ibrox contract rebel, as quoted by the Daily Mail. “It’s up to them now.”
“When they first spoke to my agent, the previous manager was still here and when they sent an offer the new manager had come in.”
McKay has scored in each of his last two appearances for Gers against both Partick and Hearts to take his tally for the season up to six goals in all competitions.
He’s made 44 appearances for the Light Blues in domestic tournaments and has supplied 11 assists.
The winger has missed just three matches all season, two of them being under Pedro Caixinha’s short time in charge since he took over from Warburton in March.
The ex-Brentford boss also found a new job in March as he replaced intermin manager Gary Brazil at Nottingham Forest.
Warburton has since guided the East Midlands club to Championship survival by the skin of their teeth and is now looking on making reinforcements to his squad in order to avoid the drop again next year.
Football Insider Verdict
McKay has shown in his last two appearances that he is somewhat of an invaluable asset at Ibrox and they must not let him leave on the cheap in January. Caixinha should try to push through a decent deal for the 22-year-old just in case he does leave and they can at least make a bit of money off it. Forest would be signing a decent player in McKay if they manage to get hold of him and he could perhaps walk straight into their first team after a number of disappointing performances from their wide-men this season. Forest need goals and McKay is a proven scorer and supplier of them.
In other Rangers news, the Light Blues have suffered a blow in their pursuit of this player after a recent revelation.