Fleetwood boss Joey Barton has lavished more praise on Barrie McKay after the former Rangers winger starred in a win at Wycombe, as seen on the Fleetwood Town FC Twitter.

The 25-year-old joined the Cod Army on loan late in the January window and made his debut off the bench in a win at AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.

Former Rangers winger McKay was brought to Fleetwood by his former Ibrox teammate Barton. (Photo by Lee Parker – CameraSport via Getty Images)

On Tuesday night, he was then given his first start for the League One outfit, against high-flying Wycombe Wanderers.

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Despite going down to ten men with the scores still level, Fleetwood emerged 1-0 winners courtesy of a Paddy Madden goal which was brilliantly assisted by McKay.

“I think he showed today, what he is, which in my opinion, is the best-attacking player in the division by an absolute distance,” said Barton, as seen on the Fleetwood Town FC Twitter.

“He’s a Championship level player and I’m very very surprised we got him, I can’t believe he was available. But we’re so so glad he was.”

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Verdict

This is the second time in a matter of days that Barton has waxed lyrical about McKay, an attacker he played alongside during his own brief stint at Ibrox [Scottish Sun].

Clearly, he’s made a major impact since arriving at Fleetwood and he proved to be the matchwinner on Tuesday night.

However, the big test will be whether or not this form continues in the long run.

McKay’s talent has rarely been in question, but plenty of supporters of other previous sides like Nottingham Forest or even his parent club, Swansea City, will tell you that he often starts impressively before falling away.

The challenge now for the Paisley-born player is to prove Barton correct for referring to him as the best in the division, and to lead a promotion push for Fleetwood over the coming months.

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