Warburton said: “He has everything in the locker. If he wants to, he has got the opportunity to go on and play at the very, very highest level. He has confidence with both feet and is technically first-class. I just want Barrie to recognise the opportunity that he has got. I don’t mean that in a bad way. He needs to know that he must strive every day to be better.”
McKay struggled for game time last season, and he headed out on loan to Raith Rovers to continue his development.
However, Warburton has thrown him into the first-team set-up since being appointed manager over the summer - and has been rewarded excellently.
McKay has played 29 games this term, scoring six goals and registering nine assists, and showing his potential as a top class player at the age of just 21.
The youngster has established himself as a key figure in Warburton’s team, featuring on both the left and right wing, and the manager believes McKay has the talent to play at the very highest level of the game.
Warburton has raved about his technical ability with both feet, as well as the youngster’s confidence, but he wants to see McKay understand the chance he has been given, and not waste his talent.
McKay still has many years left to keep improving, and under Warburton, the winger could just develop into a player who can perform at the top level of the game.