Controversial: could this Rangers star be axed for Celtic?


Pedro Caixinha faces a number of key puzzles to solve before his men take the Hampden turf on Sunday, but one of the biggest talking points is the future of Barrie McKay; dropped unceremoniously for the trip to Pittodrie, McKay’s display at Ibrox when reinstalled for the visit of Thistle was enough to make his manager hook him at half time, amidst the contract talks and general lack of form the young winger is in.

To call McKay’s performance for the first 45 ‘poor’ is generous, such was his wayward passing, lack of running, and general lack of apetite. The young man is a favourite of Ibrox Noise, charting as we have his rise from breakthrough youth in 2012, to rejected outsider in the intervening years, before returning in glory under Mark Warburton to become Rangers’-then prized asset.

Unfortunately the Loaf’s departure has seen McKay’s head go down, and reports of his disinterest in training certainly have not helped; rumours McKay would easily dismiss with performances in matches under the Portuguese.

Sadly the weak show he put in against Partick was enough to make his manager haul him off in favour of Dodoo, who made his longest appearance for some time as a result. So the big question now is does Barrie McKay have any role to play in Sunday’s monumental clash at Hampden or is his form too poor to warrant a start?

I wish to avoid the contract stuff – McKay may be happy at Ibrox, he may not – he may have rejected ‘a first offer’ (despite it reportedly involving a very generous pay rise) or he may genuinely wish to leave; that is not for me to conjecture.

But his form is; and McKay has been a rank underperformer ever since the Loaf left and the Ted turned up. It is disappointing for everyone; Barrie has all the tools to develop and become a fine winger for club and country, but right now his form is extremely off colour and if Jason Holt, Myles Beerman and Danny Wilson have bloomed under the new regime, McKay has definitely wilted.

Rangers are better off with McKay at his best and his heart fully in the task at hand; we know just how devastating he can be when he produces what he is capable of.

But right now Pedro Caixinha has a call to make; trust the 22-year old to deliver on the big stage, or look back to the last Old Firm match and his-then uncharacteristically poor display at Parkhead as evidence of what he might be like if selected again.

That said, if McKay wants to show his head is in the game, Sunday is the perfect showcase. This time last year his staggering goal helped to beat Celtic.

Here is hoping he is in that place again come the end of the week.


  1. I don't see it being controversial at all, he has been stinking rotten for most of the season, not just since the manager changed. Personal I'd pick dodoo any day of the week. And hopefully no waghorn either, or tav if hodson is well enough.

  2. Dodoo should replace him. He ran 50 yards to nullify the Partick defender's run at our defence. And that is the commitment we need.

  3. It's a no brainier – not a Scooby Doo's chance of playing against Celtic… Dodoo all day long as McKay has been rank rotten since the New Years game at Ibrox.. I wouldn't even have him in the squad on his performances of late – he needs to get his shit together and play.. Nothing personal he's got talent like no other but only when he can be arsed…

  4. Dodoo all day long. The guy has velcro feet and is a cool finisher.
    He is more than capable of putting away the chances that Waggy misses time after time.

    • Have to agree with Dodoo all day long… Waghorn is at least getting into those situations – if we look back to a certain Super Ally he couldn't even buy a goal remember.. I would keep him in the team and who knows what might happen come Sunday

  5. I think the talk of him being 6 million plus went to his head
    and he stated to think he was better than most and in the back of his mind he wanted a move away but it could be like all players he has just lost his form and will kick back if he is wanted mind set is everything.

  6. Agree with most of the comments Barrie has got drunk on the talk and praise lavished on him , he has potential but fails to deliver most times . I would play Dodoo even it was to give the Sellic something else to think about , Waghorn last chance salon for me, misses too many easy chances .. Dodoo and Garner to start and Kenny M, Waghorn on the bench with Barry . Think we can beat them really I do