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Barrie McKay makes admission about Rangers departure

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.

Former Glasgow Rangers winger Barrie McKay was very popular among the Ibrox faithful.

Barrie McKay of Rangers controls the ball during the Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Ibrox Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Glasgow,...

Barrie McKay has revealed to The Scottish Sun that he did not personally decide to leave Rangers, admitting that the decision was down to Pedro Caixinha.

McKay left Rangers for Nottingham Forest in a £500,000 deal 18 months ago, during Caixinha's spell at Ibrox.


The 24-year-old swiftly showed the Scottish giants what they were missing with a fast-and-furious start to life in the Championship under Mark Warburton, who had him in Glasgow.

The Portuguese manager replaced Warburton in the previous March, but McKay, who has one cap for Scotland, was in and out of the first XI when Caixinha arrived.


McKay, a boyhood Rangers fan, has now revealed that the departure was orchestrated by the powers that be, and claims that supporters of the Ibrox club need to realise this.

He told The Scottish Sun: "Leaving wasn’t up to me. It was down to the manager and the owners. The manager made it clear he didn’t want me. I was a regular under Mark Warburton and then Caixinha only played me when he needed me.

“I wouldn’t start until a few results went against him and then he would say, ‘I need you to do it for me in this game’. I would play and then I’d be straight back out again. That’s just the way he was.

“He never lasted long after I left and fans still come up to me and say I left too soon. But they need to realise I didn’t force a move out of Ibrox."

McKay, who made his Rangers debut in 2012, joined Swansea City for £1.5 million [Nottingham Post] last summer.

He has one goal and four assists in 13 Championship starts for the South Welsh club.

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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