Swansea City forward Barrie McKay has revealed he would be open to a return to Rangers in the future, speaking to The Glasgow Times.
Steven Gerrard allowed two players to make a Rangers homecoming in the summer by bringing Kyle Lafferty and Allan McGregor back to the club and could have his attention cast by another former player who is open to a return.
Speaking to The Glasgow Times, Swansea City’s Barrie McKay revealed he would be keen on a return to the Glasgow club in the future after what can only be described as a turbulent few seasons for the 23-year-old.
After graduating from Rangers’ academy, McKay was surprisingly axed in 2017 and sold to Nottingham Forest before suffering a similar fate in the City Ground, moving on to South Wales in the summer to join Swansea.
“If, later on in my career, it came back up I would seriously think about going back. At the time I did leave Rangers, it was the same as Forest, I never really had the choice. I was made aware that they didn’t want me so it was more or less getting out and getting playing.
“I went to Forest and I was playing all the time but then the same thing happened with the change of manager. I have been unfortunate, I think, but these things happen in football.
“It was obviously difficult to leave. I first came through as a young boy and then they brought in players and I found myself out on loan. I got myself back and became a regular but then quickly found myself out of the picture again.
“It was tough to take. It is difficult for any footballer when you go from being first choice to not really playing at all. It can be mentally tough but I think it has helped me a lot and it will help me deal with things in my career.”
McKay left Rangers with an exceptional record, boasting 20 goals and 39 assists in 140 appearances to establish himself as a fan favourite. That sort of threat in front of goal could be extremely valuable to Gerrard, who will surely be keeping a close eye on his development.
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The 23-year-old has found his feet at Swansea, securing two assists in 10 Championship appearances, and had a decent return of five goals and seven assists in 26 league games for Nottingham Forest last season – showing he hasn’t lost his ability in the final third.
Current Rangers’ players Ryan Kent and Daniel Candeias can only dream about the sort of figures that McKay achieve in Glasgow and he would certainly be able to provide a significant boost to Gerrard’s side.