Nottingham Forest's Mark Warburton responds to Rangers' claims over 'bad' Barrie McKay deal

Mark Warburton, manager of Nottingham Forest looks on prior to the Carabao Cup First Round match between Nottingham Forest and Shrewsbury Town at the City Ground on August 8, 2017 in...

Rangers let Nottingham Forest sign Barrie McKay on a cut-price deal - and Mark Warburton couldn't be more grateful.

Barrie McKay of Rangers runs with the ball during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Most Rangers fans would agree with chairman Dave King’s assertion that selling Barrie McKay to Nottingham Forest for just £500,000 was nothing other than ‘bad management’, as reported by the Scotsman.

The now sacked Rangers coach Pedro Caixinha has copped the blame for letting arguably the club’s most talented asset leave for a fraction of his market value in the summer. Caixinha clearly was not a fan of the spindly McKay and, even though the 22-year-old insisted that he wanted to extend his contract beyond 2018, sold him to Forest for a remarkably low transfer fee.

Barrie McKay of Nottingham Forest celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough at City Ground on August...

And McKay has proven a point to his old employers in style this season. He has four goals and seven assists already for Forest, no player in the Championship has set up more, and has thrilled supporters with his exciting attacking displays.

Thus, Forest boss Mark Warburton is understandably delighted that his former club were willing to let McKay go for mere pocket change.

“Our job is to get the best possible deal we can for Nottingham Forest,” Warburton, who gave McKay his chance in the Rangers first-team during his spell in charge at Ibrox, told the club’s official website.

Mark Warburton manager of Nottingham Forest looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest at St Andrews (stadium) on November 18, 2017 in...

“I will never comment on Rangers’ business activity. But we were delighted to get Barrie on board. We are striving for more consistency now, but there is no doubt about the talent he brings us. Barrie is an outstanding young player.”

Considering that Rangers paid far higher fees in the summer for the likes of Eduardo Herrera and Carlos Pena, imported signings who are yet to fully convince, the decision to let a proven and highly-talented homegrown prospect leave via the back door continues to look a bad one.

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