The speedy playmaker has impressed new boss Mark Warburton this summer.
Speaking to Rangers TV, McKay addressed his recent inclusion in the Gers side: “It shows that the gaffer has got confidence in me and you can only take confidence from that.
“With new players coming in that would maybe see other players go out or maybe not getting a chance. But I've been lucky enough that the gaffer has put trust in me and he's put a lot of confidence in me as well.”
The 20-year old spent last season on loan at Raith Rovers - where he saw his initial half-season loan extended for the full term - and views the experience as a positive one, but now feels ready to contribute to the Rangers first-team.
He added: “I need to earn a new contract and I need to play. I'm at an age where I need to play every game and I didn't really want to go back out on loan.
"I felt I could do a job here so the fact I've went out on loan, got that experience, got game time; I felt I could come back and use it here."
The signs have been promising in the early stages of the campaign, with McKay starting the Gers' first three competitive fixtures, and big things are expected of him at Ibrox.
He demands just as much of himself and has identified an area of his game that must see an improvement if he is to really push on.
“I need to add more goals to my game and I need to get in the box more,” said McKay.
"I've created a few goals so that's never really been a problem with me, it's just getting the goals.”
While more goals are never a bad thing, McKay has done enough to suggest a very bright future lies ahead of him despite his failure to find the net.
With Warburton’s arrival signalling an influx of talent from south of the border, Gers fans will be excited to see one of their academy products thriving among the changing environment.