Barrie McKay left to play against a U18 side as Rangers takes on Derby County

Barrie McKay, courtesy of Kirk O’Rourke (RFC)

Rangers are bringing a 20-man squad down to England for their friendly with Derby County & one player who was hoping to break through with the first team this season was left behind.  Barrie McKay, who spent much of last season on loan with Morton, did not make the trip to Derby for Saturday’s match.

Instead, McKay was in the lineup for a youth match with Blackburn Rovers’ U18 team.  According to Elfideldo’s match report, from his Rangers Youth site – Rangers fielded a side that “included three from the U18 group, three U19s, four under 20s and Barrie McKay who is now under 21.”  Blackburn’s side was all U18 players except for one older player.

McKay played the entire 90 minutes in the 2-1 victory.  Darren Ramsay scored both of the goals for Rangers.

It is curious that McKay has been relegated to the youths as the first team plays two matches in a span of four days.  After the match with Derby on Saturday, they take on Hibs in the Ramsdens Petrofac Training Cup on Tuesday.  You would assume that Ally McCoist  will be extremely liberal with his substitutions vs. Derby.

McKay started the pre-season strongly with a strong outings vs. Buckie Thistle & in Canada against the Victoria Highlanders.  Many fans were hopeful that he would see time with the first team from the outset of the season, likely not as a starter but as a burst of energy off of the substitutes bench.

Of course, this is only one match that he is missing & may still be in McCoist’s plans for the season but there is an awful lot of competition for time in Rangers midfield.

While McKay’s talent is evident, there were knocks about his passion & commitment during his time with Morton.

What will happen with McKay if he does not see time with the first eleven?  Will he be sent out on loan again?  Will he forever be buried behind the likes of Fraser Aird, David Templeton, & Dean Shiels?

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3 thoughts on “Barrie McKay left to play against a U18 side as Rangers takes on Derby County

  1. There will be few players making the trip not getting to play , having not played much in America, getting a game might be better for Barrie before the big K.O .Lets wait and see and not get carried away yet with one team selection .

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  2. McKay is a player we are in dire need of in the Rangers team. why is the lad not part of McCoist’s plans ? he has so much to offer in an attacking sense. anyone who was at Derby yesterday will know what i am talking about. will McKay be another player who is wasted at the hands of an overzealous manager only intrested in playing his core friends and experienced players on high wages ?

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