Ex-Rangers captain tips former Ger for national call-up as Ibrox return surely beckons
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Ex-Rangers captain tips Barrie McKay for Scotland after move to Hearts

Former Rangers winger Barrie McKay is back in Scotland and could make a return to Ibrox this season with new club Hearts.

The tricky forward, 26, is a product of the Ibrox youth Academy and after a bright start to his career has spent the last few years in the lower leagues of England.

Barrie McKay is back in Scotland after a spell down south. (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus)

Spells with Nottingham Forest, Swansea City and Fleetwood Town have broken up the time between McKay’s stint in Glasgow and his two-year deal at Tynecastle.

But talking up the talented winger’s credentials, ex-Rangers skipper Lee McCulloch has backed the trickster to break back into the Scotland side.

McKay has made one appearance for Scotland – in a 3-0 friendly defeat to France in 2016 – and McCulloch believes the player has the ability to break into Steve Clarke’s squad.

“There was a time when Barrie was down in England, in the Championship and he went through a spell where he was the best player in the Championship for a long spell,” said ex-Rangers captain Jig, who is now the assistant at the Jambos [Scotsman].

“I don’t know what happened, if there was a change of manager, he fell out of favour, found himself on loan, but I’ve known Barrie for years and years and he’s such a talented football player, a real real talent.

“He’s got pace, he can score goals, he doesn’t get enough credit for his final pass, he can play in various positions.

“Hopefully, he’s found a home here, I know the fans have taken to him.

“He’s still a little bit short of fitness, because he’s not really played at all this season. You can see signs already, that his quality is there.

“I really don’t see why he can’t get back in the Scotland squad.

“His ambition and his hunger should be to be in the next World Cup with Scotland.

Lee McCulloch is part of the backroom staff at Hearts. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“That’s the things we speak to the players about: ‘What’s your ambition, where do you want to be in six months or a year’s time?’

“I think Barrie should be pushing for a Scotland place if they go on and do their stuff.”

Former Gers winger McKay joined Hearts earlier in the month following the expiration of his contract at Swansea City in the Championship.

Whilst the winger had some big moments at Ibrox, there’s certainly one which stands out much more than all the rest.

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