Rangers youth coach Billy Kirkwood thinks Barrie McKay's progression into first-team should inspire club's youngsters

The youngster has been a regular member of Mark Warburton's side this season.

Rangers youth coach Billy Kirkwood hopes that the current crop of youngsters coming through at Ibrox can take inspiration from the way that Barrie McKay has now established himself as an important member of Mark Warburton's side, the Evening Times reports.

McKay joined the Light Blues in 2011, and was initially part of the youth system. But he was swiftly given his opportunity in the first-team, scoring the club's first goal following their demotion to the Third Division in 2012. 

However, the 21-year-old soon found himself on the periphery of the side, and was subsequently sent out on loan twice, with Greenock Morton and Raith.

But Mark Warburton's arrival in the summer coincided with the beginning of a prolonged spell in the side, and Kirkwood believes that McKay's route to the first-team should provide encouragement to those hoping to break through that even if you are out on loan at another club, you can still show the manager that you are deserving of a chance upon your return. 

"The ones that are out on loan need to look at Barrie and see that there is an avenue there for them to progress," he said, as reported by the Evening Times.

"He is still a young lad and there is more to come from him. He has progressed through the ranks, done the hard work, went out on loan, and has now come back.

"We hope there are a lot more like Barrie McKay for Rangers in the years to come. We have a few knocking at the door at the moment."

The attacker has featured in every one of the Gers' Scottish Championship games this term, scoring three goals along the way. His form has contributed to the club sitting top of the table, and Warburton will be hoping that there are several more prospects in the youth team waiting to follow in McKay's footsteps. 

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