Former Rangers winger Barrie McKay has claimed that Ibrox flop Pedro Caixinha took an almost immediate dislike to him before freezing him out of the side.
McKay had been a regular under Caixinha’s predecessors but was bombed out under Caixinha over a contract dispute before being sold at a bargain price.
The winger insists that his decision not to sign an extended deal while not in the side only made things worse before Caixinha briefly changed his mind and brought him back into the fold.
“With Caixinha, I just think he didn’t like me,” McKay said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“He stopped playing me and pulled me to the side to ask why I hadn’t signed a new contract.
“I said: “Well, you’re not playing me. So how can I commit to that?” I could commit long-term — then I don’t play.
“He said to me: ‘Well, if you don’t sign, then you will never play for me’.
“You can’t really believe all that they say and when results weren’t great, he was back to me before the end of the season telling me he needed me.
“That was fine. It’s not as if I was going to throw in the towel. He’s the manager and picks the team. I played the last four games and scored a couple of goals.”
McKay is now on loan at Fleetwood Town, on loan from Swansea, after a tough time at Nottingham Forest under Mark Warburton.
The Scotland cap has never really lived up to the huge expectations that were on his shoulders after breaking into the first-team at Ibrox.
While McKay points to his refusal to sign an extended contract as the reason why he was bombed out, it’s easy to see why Rangers looked to cash in on the player as he entered the final 12 months of his contract.
If McKay didn’t want to commit to an extended deal at Ibrox, Rangers were entirely within their rights to look to move him on rather than lose him for free the following summer.