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Why Pedro Caixinha Should Do All He Can to Keep Barrie McKay

Why Pedro Caixinha Should Do All He Can to Keep Barrie McKay

Barrie McKay’s days at Rangers look numbered after reports today said he has been told to train with the club’s Under 20 team.

The Scottish winger has been in a contract stand-off with the club over recent months, with both parties unable to agree on an extension to his deal that expires in a year.

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Nottingham Forest are reportedly interested and there should be more keen on adding McKay to their squad over the next year.

But should Rangers and Pedro Caixinha not be doing everything they can to keep him at Ibrox?

Here’s our reasons why keeping McKay would be good business for the club:

He’s One of Their Own

Rangers’ squad is running thin on players that know exactly what it’s about being a Rangers fan. McKay is a youth product – of which there are few who have been regularly playing over recent years – and surely supporters shouldn’t be seeing their best go in these circumstances?

He’s Only 22

McKay made his first team debut in 2012 so it’s easy to forget that he’s still very young. At 22, he’s still a few years away from what you’d expect to be his peak years and a big club like Rangers should be expecting those to be spent at Ibrox after all they’ve done to develop him. Surely his age must also be taken into consideration when you look at the losses of form he’s suffered over recent seasons? It’s not easy being young and keeping a high level of performance week in and week out – especially at a big side like Rangers.

Do They Have Better?

That’s debatable! There’s no guarantee new wingers Dalcio or Daniel Candeias are better, while Joe Dodoo and Michael O’Halloran have rarely shown anything like the quality McKay has over recent seasons. Can Caixinha truthfully see McKay not being good enough for Rangers? Or that his level is in the English Championship or lower down the Scottish Premiership?

He Scores Goals Like This

Just Imagine Rangers Had an Out-and-Out Striker Last Season

It Wasn’t Long Ago He Was Being Praised by the Celtic Manager

Speaking after Celtic’s 2-1 win over Rangers at Ibrox last Hogmanay, McKay said of Rodgers, per dailymail.co.uk: “He came over to me and told me I’d played really well,’ said McKay. ‘He said I was tremendous and told me to keep my head up.

“It was nice of him, because he didn’t need to do that. It took a lot for him to do that, especially after the celebrations his team were doing. He stepped away from it to speak to me.

“I’ve had opposition managers do that to me before, but never after an Old Firm game.”

He’s Been Capped by Scotland

That may not mean much to some, but McKay is quite obviously international quality and only consistent performances at a high level away from more regular appearances in the Scotland squad.

He Could Be Worth a Lot More Than He is Right Now

With just a year of his deal left, there’s a real chance that McKay could leave Rangers for free – and surely that would be bad business for the club? Particularly when chairman Dave King has mentioned in the past about how important developing talented youngsters into sellable assets is.

Surely Rangers and McKay can come to an agreement that at least benefits both parties whenever the time comes that he’ll leave Ibrox?

Rangers fans – what’s your view? Let us know in the comments..

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