Sky Sources: Rangers star axed from Europa League qualifier

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 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Sky Sources have confirmed today that despite being named in the 23-man pool for the Uefa Europa League clash on Thursday with Progres Niederkorn, 22-year winger Barrie McKay will play no part in the match.

The Scotland winger is the subject of intense speculation over his future, with reports he has been dropped to the U20s to train having asked to speak to other clubs, and now we have near-confirmation Barrie McKay has played his last match for Rangers, and will not feature in either the starting XI or on the bench for Rangers’ return to European competition for the first time in six years.

Mark Warburton’s Nottingham Forest are understood to be interested in acquiring McKay’s services, and the right bid will most certainly prise him away from Ibrox, but given the reports he has asked to speak to alternative clubs, ‘prise’ might not be the right word.

Rangers will expect a healthy transfer fee for him, albeit previously-mooted optimistic values of over £5M are thought to be well wide of the mark, with the sum received expected to be around the £2M mark at best.

It is a disappointing end to McKay’s career at Ibrox, but clearly the club did not rate him enough to give a higher pay raise than they offered earlier this year, which he rejected, and now Pedro Caixinha will look to cash in and use the received monies on other areas of the pitch.

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  1. I wish him all the best for the future. He came through Murray Park and a profit for Rangers will be good.

    • His contract expires next summer so he's free to sign for another club in Jan for nothing. When you factor in his wages it is another big loss for the club.

      Coincidentally, the photos emerging tonight showing the new signings being made to train in other people's old tops from last season is awful.

  2. I think Barry has the talent, but he is far too inconsistent. This "potential" should be showing by now and needs to show his best at least in 90% of games. It appears he lacks the appetite to fight for the jersey with the new signings coming in. To hope for a transfer to a lower club with the loaf man shows an utter lack of ambition. I sometimes feel Barry is somewhat immature and its a shame, but we have a league to win, therefore no time for passengers anymore, just players with 100% commitment to the jersey.

  3. You will be lucky to get any fee for him if we do then it will be in hundreds of thousands not millions when a player is in his last year there is not much money a club can demand for him some clubs just want the players off there wage bill and Mark Warburton and the Nottingham Forest board know this.

  4. Be lucky to get a million, pre-contract in January will happen if any attempts to hold out for more are attempted.

  5. No suprise, but what i find funny if all those that say the other players who had a bad season just werent good enough for the step up, but mckay was prob the worst player at times last season, and yet loads say it was just a bad season, maybe he want good enough for the step up either, and you cant blame ped cause he was just as bad before him

  6. Quite interesting to see comments from Halliday and Garner this morning. Both saying they had the option to stay and fight their way into the team, but recognising they were down the pecking order. Halliday is away on loan to prove himself worthy of a Rangers jersey, Garner decided to move on.

    Do we believe that Pedro didn't tell them to get lost?

  7. Pedro would let the players agents know that both players were not in his immediate plans and he was signing around 10 players if he could get them all.

    The agents then advise their players to move on. Halliday being a Rangers man obviously decided that a loan deal was his best option to remain a Rangers player and for the money he signed on for. If he performs well and captures better form, he may end up back at Ibrox when his loan deal is up.

    There is a good chance Pedro will be gone by then, but ONLY if his signings fail badly and are well behind Celtic again.

  8. Barrie can go for me hopefully for a decent fee … Never gonna get any better really he 'dined out' on the Old Firm goal for sure and didn't move up to the next level at all, if he does well then good for him but not what we need at this time , Tav and him can go… Kiernan too …please !!!

    • There will be next to no fee. What club would pay for him? None in Scotland. Maybe some lower leagues in England but if they want him they can wait until Jan and get him for nothing when his contract expires.

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