Joey Barton applauds Rangers fans
Former Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers midfielder Barton joined Rangers in the summer transfer window after leaving Burnley at the end of last season.
The Englishman was one of the best players for Burnley during the 2015-16 campaign and played a key role in them getting automatic promotion to the Premier League.
McKay, who is just 21 years of age and is regarded as one of the best young players in Scotland, has spoken highly of Barton.
The Scotland international has outlined the impact the 33-year-old midfielder is having on the Rangers team.
Rangers' Barrie McKay (R) in action with Jackson Longridge
“He’s beginning to grow in influence on the team,” McKay told The Daily Record about Barton. “He’s a very lively character and has a lot of time for everyone in the team.
“He speaks with everyone and isn’t just associated with the new boys. He is a ball winner and isn’t scared to put in a challenge and he can play as well.”
Barry McKay celebrates with James Tavernier after scoring for Rangers
Rangers kicked off their 2016-17 Scottish Premiership campaign with a disappointing 1-1 draw with Hamilton Academical at home at the weekend.
Ali Crawford put visiting Hamilton in the lead on the half-hour mark at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon, and Martyn Waghorn restored parity for Rangers just past the hour mark.
The Glasgow giants will return to action on Tuesday evening when they take on Peterhead in the second round of the Scottish League Cup.
Rangers' Joey Barton in action with Dean Marney