Rangers winger Barrie McKay thankful to Scotland teammate Steven Fletcher

Rangers' Barrie McKay (R) in action with Livingston's Jackson Longridge

Rangers winger Barrie McKay praises Scotland teammate and Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher, who has been linked with Celtic.

Rangers' Barrie McKay (R) in action with Livingston's Jackson LongridgeRangers' Barrie McKay (R) in action with Livingston's Jackson Longridge

Rangers winger Barrie McKay has explained to The Glasgow Evening Times how Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher helped him on international duty.

McKay made his debut for the Scotland national team against France in a friendly international in Metz at the weekend.

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The 21-year-old winger, who was in brilliant form for Rangers in the Scottish Championship this past season, came on as a substitute in the 84th minute of the match on Saturday evening.

The Rangers youngster has thanked some of the senior Scotland players for looking after him, while revealing the strong relationship he has with Steven Fletcher.

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher

“Quite a lot of the boys have helped me,” McKay told The Glasgow Evening Times. “I obviously knew Naisy (Steven Naismith) from when I was at Rangers. He has helped me a lot. But I would say Steven Fletcher has been a great help as well.

“When I broke my foot, I actually met him down in London. So I knew him from back then. He was down getting an operation on his ankle as well. My agent is quite good pals with him so he kind of got me in touch with him. He came in to see how I was.

“Then obviously I came away on this trip and became quite close with him. Fletch has definitely helped me a lot, him and James McArthur. They were rooming together, so they have definitely helped me a lot. John McGinn as well. I settled in nicely.”

Teammates now, rivals soon?

McKay seems to speak highly of Fletcher, but the Rangers winger could play against his Scotland international teammate next season.

That’s because the Scotland international striker has been linked with a move to Celtic in the summer transfer window.

Fletcher is on the books of Premier League outfit Sunderland at the moment, but his current contract with the Black Cats runs out at the end of this month.

The 29-year-old former Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers man has been linked with a move to Celtic in the summer transfer window, with The Sunderland Echo recently claiming that the Bhoys are his main suitors.

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