Ex-Rangers star tipped for Scotland call amid top Premiership form
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Ex-Rangers star tipped for Scotland call amid top Premiership form

Former Rangers star Barrie McKay is being tipped for a call-up to the Scotland squad amid a fine run of form with Premiership rivals Hearts.

Having joined Hearts last season after the expiration of his contract at Swansea City, the now 27-year-old winger was a key part of the side who finished 3rd last season and secured a spot in Europe.

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Barrie McKay has also started this season in the same vein netting two goals and laying on an assist in three Premiership matches to date.

One of these included a stunning effort in the Jambos’ 4-1 weekend win over Dundee United, the attacker cutting inside to lash a long-range effort past Arabs keeper Mark Birighitti.

This form has plenty talking about McKay and with Hearts the undoubted 3rd force in Scotland as things stand, there is much chatter about the ex-Rangers player earning a call to Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad.

The proposition was debated by ex-Celtic captain Jackie McNamara (yes, we know) on Sky Sports with the former Scotland international claiming McKay is “giving himself every opportunity”.

Everyone’s favourite BBC Scotland pundit Michael Stewart – a former Hearts player – also chimed in backing the ex-Rangers winger for a call-up if he can keep up his good form.

“If he continues to come up with assists and goals and play the way that he has been playing, then he will be knocking on the door,” said Stewart [Sportscene].

Ex-Rangers star Barrie McKay tipped for Scotland call-up

Barrie came through the youth ranks at Ibrox and whilst the youngster impressed as the club built its way back from the lower tiers, McKay often struggled with consistency at Rangers

Making a total of 140 appearances for Rangers, the winger netted 20 times for the club and laid on 39 assists and at one stage was as regarded as amongst the brightest talents in Scotland.

But when Portuguese manager Pedro Caixinha came into the club, the failed manager had a fire sale at Ibrox and McKay was sold to Nottingham Forest for a cut price £500k fee [Daily Mail].

After impressing at the City Ground, Barrie McKay moved to Swansea City a year later but found form hard to come by over his three years in Wales, even spending a campaign with Fleetwood Town.

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Now having found a home with Hearts, Barrie McKay is playing some of the best football of his career and the ex-Rangers star may earn a return to the Scotland squad.

McKay has one cap for the national team, coming on as a substitute in a 3-0 defeat to France in 2016 during his time at Rangers.

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