Rangers winger Barrie McKay has explained to the Glasgow Evening Times why he’s pleased there is real competition for places at the club.
The Gers have made a fantastic start to the season, but McKay is wary of losing his place, stressing one of the biggest benefits that Mark Warburton has created since he came in at the football club.
Rangers will be going for a ninth straight win in a row in their next game against Raith at the weekend, despite the current international break.
“It has been good. I have come in and I have been playing, I have every game near enough. He has given me a chance and I am taking it,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“Competition is good, it makes you push yourself further to become a better player. If you are not at it, you might not play the next week. So you need to make sure you are at it every week.”
Benefits of squad competitions
There are several benefits for any team having a very competitive squad, with arguably the main one being the intensity in training.
As McKay suggests, it pushes players to become better and keep themselves ahead of their main rivals as they look to perform consistently and make a difference for Rangers over an extended period of time.
That should improve the quality of Rangers’ performances, allowing them to stay effective as the important games come thick and fast, with competition also enabling the manager to make changes when he feels he needs to in order to keep everyone fresh.