Winger Barrie McKay has this evening been named as Rangers' Young Player of the Year at a glittering bash at Glasgow's Hilton.The award was voted for by supporters.
The 21-year-old has been in scintillating form this season contributing 9 goals and 12 assists in 45 appearances as Mark Warburton's side have stormed to promotion back to the Premiership. After loan spells with Greenock Morton and Raith Rovers under Ally McCoist, McKay was given a clean slate under Warburton and went on to form a fantastic creative partnership with Lee Wallace on the left of Rangers' attack.
Speaking to rangers.co.uk after receiving his prize he said "It's obviously a privilege and I'd like to thank the fans for voting for me. I'm delighted when the summer came I wasn't sure if I was coming or going and the gaffer really helped me out a lot. Him & Davie (Weir ) have gave me a lot of confidence this year and to play as much as I have I was, maybe, a wee bit surprised at the start of the season. When the gaffer came in said to me 'you've got a chance, it's a clean slate and it's up to you whether you take it or not.'"
McKay also revealed where he gets some of his motivation from "I do sometimes read the praise I get but I quite like reading the abuse that I get, it does give you a bit of a chuckle that people will take the time out to do that. I suppose it probably spurs me on but I don’t let it bother me, I just find it funny and my mates, my girlfriend and my family tell me not to read it but it is quite good comedy."
McKay capped off his re-emergence as one of Scottish football's brightest prospects with the second goal for his side in the Scottish Cup win over Celtic.'