Lee Wallace lauds this Rangers star after new deal

The Gers captain says that Barrie McKay's contract extension was fully deserved.

Rangers captain Lee Wallace has lauded midfielder Barrie McKay, telling RangersTV that the 21-year-old's new contract was fully deserved.

McKay extended his stay at Ibrox until May 2018 last week after a run of impressive performances this season which have seen him become a key member of the side in the Scottish Championship.

After initially shining for the club in the Third Division in 2012-13, the winger spent time out on loan at Greenock Morton and Raith Rovers, where he got further first-team experience under his belt.

Since returning to Ibrox in the summer, the Scotland Under-21 international has played 34 times already for Rangers this season in all competitions, and Wallace was delighted to see his teammate's contributions rewarded by the club.

Wallace told RangersTV: "He’s done ever so well for us this season. He was further exposed to first team football when out on loan and I’ve seen him grow and mature over the last couple of years, particularly this season.

"I’ve been forming a good partnership with him down the left hand side and I’ve been enjoying playing with him there and I’ve really enjoyed the progression that he’s made. His new contract is fully deserved and he’s been terrific for the club this season.

"I think everyone seen the potential that Barrie had. He obviously came into the team very early on and was very young when he made his debut, but impressed. It was always about him finding that consistency and he has found that and going out on loan to get first team football will have helped."

McKay's rise to prominence has been a revelation for Mark Warburton's side this season as they look to secure promotion back to the Scottish Premier League after a four-year absence.

The Glasgow side are currently eight points clear of nearest challengers Hibernian at the top of the second tier after the 1-0 away win over Queen of the South on Sunday.

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