Barrie McKay can ‘rip the Championship apart’ with Nottingham Forest


Barrie McKay can “rip the Championship apart” with Nottingham Forest, says Mark Warburton – who has challenged the flying winger to produce his best on a more consistent basis.

The former Rangers man was an integral figure as the Reds notched up a morale-boosting 4-0 win over QPR last weekend, with his rampaging runs down the left side often making him unplayable.

He capped off an impressive all-round display with an emphatically finished goal and a wonderful assist for Tyler Walker’s second goal of the game, after leaving the QPR defence in his wake with a dart of pace down the flank.

And, while he was far from the only player to win deserved praise from the manager, Warburton believes McKay is showing the kind of quality that persuaded Forest to spend £500,000 to bring him down from Scotland.

“Barrie McKay? That is the Barrie McKay that myself and David Weir know. That is how he can be. He can rip this Championship apart,” said Warburton. “He can be as good as he wants to be, Barrie McKay.

Barrie McKay

“You have to remember he is a young player who has come down from Scotland and is adapting to a new club still.

“He is adapting to the division and the demands it brings; to the expectations of the supporters, etc. But he can be a top quality player.

“He showed what he can do on more than one occasion, when you look at his pace and his awareness and the runs he makes.

“He hit a ball in the first half with the outside of his right foot and it was magnificent. He is a joy to watch. But his aim now is to maintain that on a consistent basis.”

There were four or five contenders for the man of the match award at the City Ground, with Michael Mancienne, Tyler Walker, Ben Osborn and Kieran Dowell all excellent.

But Warburton was not surprised to see Osborn shine in a slightly deeper midfield role, where he dictated the tempo of the game in the same way as David Vaughan has so often done for the Reds.

Nottingham Forest’s Ben Osborn

“Ben Osborn has been outstanding. He has been outstanding every single day. I cannot speak highly enough about Ben,” said Warburton. “He is a young player. Because he has played around 160 games, you forget how young he still is.

“His energy, his quality and desire – you see it every single day. I do not use those words lightly.”

Warburton also laid down a challenge to forward Walker, who stole the headlines with a well-taken double, after being handed his first Championship start of the season.

“Tyler’s job is to work hard every single day. That is it,” said Warburton. “If you are frustrated, get your head down and work harder. His attitude has been magnificent.

“He scored against us at Brentford a few years ago and has had injury problems since. He worked so hard in pre-season and over the summer before that. I am delighted for him, because he works hard every day.

“He deserved his chance and he took it. He can stay in the team, of course. We saw here how much he wants it and it is now the job of the other players to get their shirt back. I don’t mind that.

Saluting their hero – the Trent End stands to acclaim Tyler Walker

“No disrespect to his father but it is about Tyler. If he is good enough, we will pick him. If he has a dip, we won’t pick him.

“As long as we are consistent, he will be okay. We have been talking to him throughout, telling him that his chance will come.”



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