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6th Dec, 2016 | 3:57pm

Why Warburton should give Rangers 21-year-old permanent starting role

COMMENT By Dominic Toner

Rangers manager Mark Warburton should give Barrie McKay an extended run in the starting line up.

The 21-year-old started the club’s 2-1 victory against Aberdeen and got a crucial assist with a clever pass into the penalty area for Lee Hodson.

The Gers have tried several different combinations in their midfield this season and should give the youngster a permanent position after some impressive displays recently.

McKay has made 22 appearances this season across all competitions and completed 90 minutes on just eight of those occasions.

The midfielder is well recognised for being a left winger by trade, but has found success playing in the centre in recent games.

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He is extremely intelligent on the ball and has injected some real pace to the Rangers side when given the opportunity.

McKay played alongside Andy Hallidy and Jason Holt against Aberdeen and was given the licence to join in with the attack.

The tenacious character is not shy to put a tackle in and gave an all-round solid performance at the weekend.

Rangers’ summer singing Niko Kranjcar has been ruled out through injury until the end of the season and that means there is spot in the midfield up for grabs.

McKay’s recent form certainly puts him at the top of the pecking order and he could become a mainstay in the team.

In other Rangers news, the club’s supporters have reacted on Twitter to a report liking Josh Windass with a January exit.