Barrie McKay, Morton – failed to make the subs bench on Saturday as Morton lost 2-1 to Raith Rovers after claiming a 1-0 lead early on. Last place Morton are spiraling out of control & now sit 13 points behind Kane Hemmings’ Cowdenbeath side. Now from a Rangers perspective, the question that arises is – where was Barrie McKay? Did he pick up a knock? or have injuries to David Templeton & Andy Little persuaded Rangers to end McKay’s loan earlier then planned?
There was no hint of an injury when McKay talked to The Greenock Telegraph in preparation for the match with Rovers.
McKay discussed the importance of the end of the season with Jonathan Mitchell. “It’s obviously a different experience, going from Rangers at the top of the league to a relegation battle.”
“What I noticed playing last season was that it was a cup final for every team coming to play against Rangers at Ibrox. This season with Morton in the position we’re in, it’s basically a cup final every week for us now. We need to go out and do everything we can to win every game.”
Mitchell writes, “McKay has seen a gradual improvement in performances since linking up with Kenny Shiels’ side in December but reckons those displays have not been reflected in their results.”
Clearly there was no mention of an injury for McKay & it appears that McKay’s play had been on an upward trend on a team that has been abysmal. Now the speculation will likely be that McKay may be returning to Ibrox sooner than originally planned.
Kyle McAusland, Ayr United – McAusland also did not appear for Ayr as they enjoyed back-to-back 5-0 victories – the first over Stranraer & the other over East Fife. McAusland played the full 90 minutes on Tuesday vs. Stranraer but was suspended for the match vs. East Fife due to accumulation of bookings.