Barrie McKay admits interest in future Rangers return, praises Steven Gerrard

6th October 2018, Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales; EFL Championship football, Swansea City versus Ipswich Town; Barrie McKay of Swansea City shoots at goal

Rangers allowed Barrie McKay to leave Ibrox in 2017.

6th October 2018, Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales; EFL Championship football, Swansea City versus Ipswich Town; Barrie McKay of Swansea City shoots at goal

Former Rangers winger Barrie McKay has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he would be interested in a return to the club somewhere down the line if it is offered to him.

McKay, 23, kicked off his career with Kilmarnock before heading to Rangers in 2011, and whilst he impressed in the fourth tier with the Gers, he ended up on loan at Morton and Raith Rovers for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 campaigns.

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The turning point for McKay at Rangers was the appointment of Mark Warburton as manager in 2015, as he quickly became a key player for Warburton, hitting nine goals in 48 games in the 2015-16 season – including a screamer in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic.

 

McKay didn't quite hit those heights in the Scottish Premiership, and having failed to convince Pedro Caixinha, he was sold to Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2017, reuniting with former manager Warburton.

Again though, the Scot found himself out in the cold when Warburton was sacked, and ended up heading to Swansea City over the summer, where he has notched two assists so far this season.

McKay is hoping to impress enough to earn a Scotland recall after more than two years out of the picture, and has now revealed that he would be open to re-signing for Rangers one day.

McKay has told the Glasgow Evening Times that, if Rangers wanted him one day in the future, he would seriously consider heading back to Ibrox as it was difficult to leave the club, which he didn't really get a choice in doing.

Swansea City's Barrie McKay during the Sky Bet Championship match between  City and Leeds United at Liberty Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

McKay also added to the Glasgow Evening Times that he has been impressed with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard this season, noting that the Gers are 'thriving' thanks to Gerrard's input as he is getting the best out of his players.

“If, later on in my career, it came back up I would seriously think about going back,” said McKay. “At the time I did leave Rangers, it was the same as Forest, I never really had the choice. I was made aware that they didn’t want me so it was more or less getting out and getting playing. I went to Forest and I was playing all the time but then the same thing happened with the change of manager. I have been unfortunate, I think, but these things happen in football. It was obviously difficult to leave. I first came through as a young boy and then they brought in players and I found myself out on loan. I got myself back and became a regular but then quickly found myself out of the picture again. It was tough to take.”

“Since Gerrard has gone in, there seems to be a real buzz around the place again and he is a legend in football. He has taken that into his management and as soon as he went in the door he would have got that instant respect from all the players and the staff. That would really have worked in his favour and he is obviously getting the best out of his players. It looks as though they are thriving,” he added.

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.

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