Former Rangers winger Barrie McKay is set to return to Ibrox next weekend with Hearts for a mouthwatering top-of-the-table clash.

McKay scored 20 goals and notched 39 assists in his 140 appearances for the Gers, but opted to leave Scottish football in 2017, signing for Nottingham Forest for a fee in the region of £500,000 [BBC Sport].

Barrie McKay celebrates his famous stunner against Celtic in the 2016 Scottish Cup semi-final. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)

He wasn’t quite able to crack the EFL, though, and after being released by Swansea City at the end of last season, he returned to Scotland in September, signing a two-year deal at Tynecastle.

McKay made his debut off the bench in an Edinburgh derby just a few days later and has since started three consecutive matches.

He doesn’t yet have a first goal in Hearts colours, but he notched an assist in a win over Livingston and has impressed supporters with his performances.

The international break may have halted the 26-year-old’s momentum a little, but he’s no doubt buzzing for what’s coming up next weekend.

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Former Rangers winger McKay is set to return to Ibrox next weekend. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

McKay will return to Ibrox for a competitive fixture for the first time since leaving Rangers, as the only remaining unbeaten side in the Premiership take on the champions and league leaders.

Inconsistency has marked the former Ger’s career but as Bears know, he’s capable of the spectacular, and it’ll likely be up to either Borna Barisic or Calvin Bassey to stop him stealing the show on his return to Govan.

McKay isn’t the only key opposition player with strong links to Rangers. 

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