McKay back to his best. By Lewis Christie

Oliver Burke became Scotland’s most expensive ever player this summer when he moved to RB Leipzig for £13 million, so his prise of Barrie McKay can be taken with great respect.

It’s likely you’ll have watched McKay’s stunning Old Firm goal a ridiculous number times over the past 8 months or so. His season up to the goal was building up for something special, and that moment capped it off.

However, many will agree that the rest of his season was somewhat, below the standard he’s capable of. He sank into the background of the team, becoming a shadow of the player he was a few weeks prior. Gone were his blistering runs, beating players down the wings, long range efforts when the chance was calling.

Small moments of brilliance were over shadowed by an apparent lack of confidence. The frustration for the fans of watching him hesitate taking on opponents, and instead turning his back on the attack.

The premiership season began, with hope that his form prior to the Scottish Cup match would return but he was still a player lacking the self belief and confidence in his own ability to beat opponents and deliver.

The hardest part for the fans to take, was knowing his ability and skill and seeing it being contained.

Warburton took the gamble.

Shuffling the team and dropping McKay was a risk, knowing that when filling his full potential he could be the greatest asset on the park.

Those few games on the bench were what were needed. McKay returned to the starting line-up a new player. As the weeks have progressed from his return, he has been building up to easily one of the best player’s week-in-week-out for Rangers. His confidence has returned, and with it his self belief to take players on.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 06: Barrie McKay of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)
Barrie McKay of Rangers during  match between Rangers and Hamilton (Getty Images)

I’ll hold my hands up and admit now, I was one of the fans crying for him to be dropped, never was I in doubt he was not good enough to wear the shirt, but something was needed to kick start his campaign again, and now we have one of the greatest young talents to come out of Murray Park in the last few years.

For such a young player, you are constantly looking at him to be the guy that swings a game. Rangers have really struggled looking for key players who can create a piece of magic by themselves, and we have that again in Barrie.

Back to the words of Oliver Burke. Rangers were taught a lesson by the newly admired Germans. In what can only be an expected result, Rangers didn’t perform to their best, but one man again stood out, reaping praise from the Scottish international.

Barrie played very well and had a good match against us.

I don’t know him all that well, but he is capable of anything he wants to do. He’s a good quality player and I believe if he keeps working hard and keeps showing what he’s capable of then he could play at the top level in England.

I don’t see why not. If he continues playing his game for Rangers, anything is possible. He’s a great player and he’s shown that.

These were the praising words given from Burke. And while I agree with his opinion that McKay could do a job in England, I pray he stays with us.

With a rumoured buyout clause of just £2 million, (a grossly undervalue), we hope that other

clubs are kept at bay for now, and that Barry McKay continues to do well in a Rangers shirt.

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