PAT NEVIN has urged frozen out Rangers winger Barrie McKay to quit Rangers and go get first team football elsewhere.
Nottingham Forest are set to test Rangers resolve on their valuation of the 22 year old who is not currently part of the Pedro Caixinha revolution at Ibrox by submitting a cut price offer for the player next week.
Forest, of course is managed by Mark Warburton who left Ibrox in controversial circumstances at the start of the year. Now the former Rangers manager is set to return to Scotland, following his successful raid on Hibs to secure the signing of striker Jason Cummings last month, to bring McKay to the City Ground.
“The advice is simple for any player. If you are not getting first-team football somewhere, get it elsewhere,” Nevin stated.
“You fight and battle for your first team place, especially if it is Rangers and you think you have a chance,” the former Scotland winger said.
“But there is a downside to that. I made the mistake once. I stayed too long one place trying to show a manager. It didn’t matter how good I was, he didn’t rate me.
“So it’s not an easy call. You can’t always tell what the manager thinks and you may never be his type of player.
“You want to show loyalty and there is nothing wrong with that but you also have to think of maximising your potential. Not earning potential – that will come if you are good enough – but the potential of what you can do. You can only do that by getting first-team football.
“The transfer window now works in six-month blocks. So you can maybe give it six months. Or a maximum of 12.
“Then if it’s not happening, you must get out and get first-team football. A year is a long time to lose when you are young.
“We know Barrie has a lot of talent.”
Where that talent is displayed in the new season could be decided this week and if the Cummings transfer is anything to go by, Warburton likes to get his man sooner rather than later.