FORMER Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels believes Barrie McKay is a better player than either of Celtic’s double-act James Forrest and Patrick Roberts.

The Irishman, whose son Dean spent four years at Ibrox, insisted the Rangers winger would be his first choice for any team.

Shiels worked with McKay when he was a youth player at Rugby Park and oversaw his breakthrough into the first team during a loan spell at Morton.

The ex-Killie gaffer said: “I can’t believe clubs in England aren’t sniffing around, to be honest. He’s brave on the ball. He’s a tremendous player.

“He’s every bit as good as Celtic’s attacking players in the wide areas. I’d say he’s ahead of James Forrest and Patrick Roberts in terms of what he can bring to a team.

“His change of pace is better, his ability with the ball is better.”

The 22-year-old flanker was released by Killie as an academy player due to injury concerns regarding his hip, but has made 20 Premiership appearances for the Ibrox side this season.

He spent the 2014/15 campaign on loan at Raith Rovers and scored one goal in 23 outings before being returned to the Govan outfit.

Shiels was sacked by Kilmarnock and left Morton following a 10-2 defeat from Hamilton Accies in May 2014. He had an unsuccessful spell in Thailand and is now at Derry City.


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