Former Rangers winger Neil McCann has praised the positive impact of David Templeton and Barrie McKay in Mark Warburton’s side, claiming the duo will be key to a Championship-winning campaign under the former Brentford boss in an interview with the Evening Times.
Templeton had his confidence shattered as Rangers failed to return to the top flight at the first time of asking, while McKay was the only player on loan not to be recalled by caretaker Kenny McDowall in January for the run-in, remaining at Raith Rovers.
However, the two Ibrox midfielders have been given a new lease of life under Warburton and McCann believes they must grasp the opportunity to impress at the first opportunity.
Speaking of the duo in the Evening Times, McCann said: “There is a real emphasis on attacking and the two wide players David Templeton and Barrie McKay are playing a key part in it all."
“Rangers have always loved their wingers and these two boys really look as though they are starting to enjoy it."
“Temps’ ability in terms of going by people has never been in question. He was always an exciting player."
However, while full of praise for Templeton and McKay, McCann suggested areas for improvement that both players need to make.
For the former, he highlighted his ability to create chances in the final third as the man priority.
“The bottom line for a winger is the final ball. It’s something that Temps has to work on. This might come over as some sort of criticism but I think he has to work on it.
Meanwhile, he feels McKay should be hitting the net more often.
“Barrie McKay has already proved that he has it in his locker. His ball for Kenny Miller in that first competitive game against Hibs was a fantastic ball."
“I remember when he played three years ago he even played through the middle," McCann recalled. "In fact he scored in the first game of the season up at Peterhead."
"He has the pace and ability to go and hurt teams in the wide areas. And if he is turning inside then he should get himself more goals."