The careers of Barrie McKay and Lewis Macleod really couldn’t have ended up much more different. Don’t get us wrong, McKay didn’t end up a world class superstar by any stretch, but after a stuttering time at Swansea, he eventually found a respectable level at Hearts and is doing very well at Tynecastle with 10 assists and a couple of goals in 32 outings.
Meanwhile Macleod went through injury hell at the tail end of his Rangers career and never regained any footing whatsoever, barely putting in an appearance for Brentford and is now a free agent the past 10 months at 27.
Of the two, Macleod was the one we’d expected more from. His talent at Ibrox unmistakable and his maturity way beyond his tender years of then 18. McKay too was impressing us, but we didn’t really expect him to have a remarkable career once he left Rangers, and he’s ended up a solid journeyman, doing respectably at a fairly modest expectation level.
It’s Macleod we really do feel sorry for. He probably doesn’t want that, doesn’t want anyone’s sympathy, with just 68 appearances (including subs) in 7 years.
But we can’t help it, we wanted more for him.
He was one we’d hoped would return to Ibrox in his 20s, ready to be captain and realise his destiny.
But it couldn’t have worked out further from that if it tried.
Speaking to the excellent Open Goal he said:
He really should have had more from his career – he had all the potential in the world to be a top player.
But it just didn’t work out.
As for McKay, he can be pleased – he’s got a solid gig with Hearts, he’s doing well there, and age is on his side to aspire to more.
Sliding Doors really with these two.