Warburton reveals talks between Rangers and attacker, predicts swift conclusion
By Harvey Byrne
Rangers boss Mark Warburton has revealed that talks between the club and the representatives of Barrie McKay are underway.
The 22-year-old right-winger’s contract is currently set to run out in 2018 after joining from Kilmarnock in the summer of 2011.
He has steadily grown with the Ibrox giants and has established himself as a key part of Warburton’s side in the past two campaigns.
Now, with just over a year left on his current deal at the club the experienced boss has shared that he predicts a quick conclusion to the talks between the club and the attacker’s representatives.
“I am sure the discussions will go on between the powers-that-be and the representatives,” told Warburton, as quoted by the Express.
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“That should reach a fairly swift conclusion, I’d like to think.
“We just had Barrie in the office saying that he has to work even harder and push again. He can go as far in the game as he wants to.”
McKay has played in 123 encounters in total for the Ibrox giants, bringing a return of 17 goals and 37 assists.
Of those appearances 29 have come in this campaign and he has produced three goals and nine assists.
The player is considered a bright prospect as well as being integral to the team and some clubs were linked to him over the winter window.
However, fans will now be hoping for a quick end in contract discussions between the club and the Scotland international as they hope to see a lot more from him in the future.
Football Insider verdict:
McKay certainly deserves a new contract at the club and it would also be of huge benefit to Rangers financially. With just 18 months left on his contract if the Scotland international is to leave then the Scottish giants would receive a fraction of his true value. However, with an extended deal it can only benefit the club. A new contract would see McKay’s future go two ways. He can either leave, netting Rangers with a tidy sum, or star for the Ibrox giants for a number of years yet. Warburton must now hope his prediction comes true and that the club can tie him down quickly before clubs try to poach him in his final year in the summer.
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