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Profit Players: Barrie McKay

Profit Players: Barrie McKay

Rangers supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side fail to get back to winning ways in the Scottish Premiership at the weekend.

Steven Gerrard’s men went into their clash with bottom club Dundee off the back of going down 1-0 at home to Aberdeen a few days earlier, and thus seeking a response when they made the trip to Dens Park on Sunday. Yet the Light Blues could only muster a 1-1 draw with Jim McIntyre’s team to thus miss the chance to return to the top of the division, with Andy Halliday’s effort in the first half only enough to preserve a point for the Scottish giants.

As such, there have been many disappointed Rangers fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be hoping for even more from their side as the season wears on given how busy their team were during the summer transfer window.

In fact, the club were praised greatly for the business they conducted, yet the same can’t necessarily be said a few years back when former boss Pedro Caixinha sanctioned the departure of Barrie McKay to Nottingham Forest for £770,000 (as per Transfermarkt).

The winger had played a key part for the Gers the season before upon return to the Scottish Premiership, but given his subsequent struggles at Forest, alongside the fact Rangers made a £770,000 profit on the 23-year-old, it appears that Caixinha did at least get something right during his turbulent stint in charge of the Light Blues,

Ultimately, it was something of a questionable call to sell McKay given the 23-year-old had played his part in helping the Scottish heavyweights return to the top-flight in years gone by, including six goals and eight assists as the Gers won promotion from the Scottish Championship in the 2015/16 season.

And with six goals and 11 assists in the 2016/17 campaign, it looked as though McKay was set for a starring role under Caixinha in the 2017/18 season, only for the Portuguese to sanction his departure to Championship side Forest that summer.

And given his decent start to life south of the border at the City Ground, it looked as though Rangers had made a big mistake letting the 23-year-old leave, as McKay scored twice and laid on four assists in his opening seven league games for the Reds – he was proving to be a hugely rewarding signing for the East Midlands giants.

Yet things went south pretty quickly for the Scotland international at Forest given he featured just a handful of times following the appointment of Aitor Karanka back in January, before the Spaniard let him go during the summer to fellow second tier side Swansea City, making a loss in the process having sold him for £504,000 (as per Transfermarkt).

And with Rangers seemingly not missing the winger’s influence down the flanks, what with Gerrard’s side the top-scorers in the Scottish Premiership this season with 38 goals from 16 matches, it’s a questionable Caixinha call which is slowly but surely being vindicated.

And in making a tidy profit on the 23-year-old, given he came up through the ranks at Ibrox, alongside his overall struggles at Forest, it’s clear that, despite losing to Progress Niederkorn to sum up his testing reign at Rangers, Caixinha did at least get something right in letting McKay go when he did.

Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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