Two Replacements For Barrie McKay If He Leaves Rangers
Much like with Paul Lambert’s disappointing rants at the media during his time at Norwich City before joining Villa, Mark Warburton did his best to blame his club and the media when it was obvious to all that he had quit Rangers with no notice, in order to join Nottingham Forest.
It was a badly kept secret and now, after not impressing new boss Pedro Caixinha at Rangers, former big hope Barrie McKay has been told to train with the club’s under-20 side amid obvious interest from both the player and Nottingham Forest in him moving to the East Midlands.
McKay’s reputation was gaining before last season started, though when it came to the crunch against Aberdeen and Celtic he simply did not perform. It’s clear that McKay will leave at some point soon and the fans and manager don’t seem overly concerned at all. But who will take his place in the squad? Here are two options.
Jamie Walker (Hearts)
Rangers’ exile from the top two appears to be coming to an end and as such, players are beginning to jump ships once again. Jonny Hayes (to Celtic) and Ryan Jack (to Rangers) have moved from Aberdeen now to get into the Old Firm and Jamie Walker of Hearts may see a similar move as a good career decision.
The left-winger represented Scotland at every level from under-15 to under-21 and still has tons of potential. His 34 league games last season for a stuttering Hearts side resulted in him grabbing 12 goals and claiming 3 assists too, something which overtakes Barrie McKay’s figures.
Walker would definitely be a step up and at 24 years of age even more can be expected of him. He’s under contract for just one more year at Tynecastle and may well be available for a reduced fee.
Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United)
A new contract is being discussed to keep Gouffran at Newcastle for one more year, but with nothing decided yet and Christian Atsu having arrived at the club to complement the returning Rolando Aarons, it remains to be seen how much game time the Frenchman can expect to receive in the Premier League.
Gouffran never seems to be on top of any particular charts, but chipped in with 5 goals, 3 assists and had a pass completion rate of nearly 80% in the Championship last season. He is a bit of a man for all seasons and for a club wishing to push for the title in Scotland, they really should be thinking carefully about a bid for the Frenchman.