Barrie McKay insists Pedro Caixinha didn’t treat him the way ‘any human should be treated’.
The Scottish winger is now a Nottingham Forest player after he was sold by Rangers for £500,000 two weeks ago.
Going into the final season of his contract, McKay appeared unwilling to sign an extension and that led to him being frozen out by Caixinha.
So a move to Forest made sense for all parties, with McKay linking up with former manager Mark Warburton while Rangers got some money for a player who may not have played much this season and could have left for free next summer.
McKay has now spoken for the first time since leaving Ibrox and told how it was Caixinha’s bad treatment of him that led to his Forest move.
Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham, per bbc.co.uk, McKay said: “There was a change of manager and his opinion was different. I wasn’t being treated the way any human being should be treated, but that’s football and I had to move on.”
Asked about it being a touch decision to leave Rangers, the wideman added: “Not really at the time, with the way things went with the manager and the way I was being treated and stuff.
“It made the decision easy for when the gaffer got on the phone and he was obviously a big factor in me coming here and working with him again.
“When he came into Rangers, it was a big stage of my development and he helped me improve as a player.
“The way things happened up there is more disappointing. I spoke to my family, spoke to my girlfriend, spoke to my agent and I think it was just the right time.
“I guess that’s football, but I’m a big boy and will get on with it.”
Those comments shouldn’t go down too well with Rangers fans – but it must also make them wonder what’s going on behind the scenes at the club amid more talk of unrest within parts of Caixinha’s squad.
Their shock Europa League exit to Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn was a brutal start to the season and they’ve looked unconvincing in friendlies since then.
But maybe Caixinha’s raft of new boys can make Rangers supporters forget all about McKay this season.