Roar skipper McKay linked to RangersPosted: August 15, 2011
From Brisbane to Glasgow? It seems like the Scottish Premier League champions are interested in adding our own captain to their squad for the next season. McKay of course is currently in the UK preparing for Australia’s international friendly with Wales, with reports that a Rangers representative will be at the Cardiff City Stadium to watch their potential new recruit in action.
Former Rangers player and Roar captain Craig Moore has been quiet vocal about the fact that he believes McKay should take the offer up, and given the career he had in Scotland. The one potential hiccup in the deal is the fact that McKay doesnt automatically qualify for a work permit in the UK. According to the rules a player must have played in 75% of his nations, which Matty obviously hasnt since he’s only new in the national team. However Rangers seem convinced that they can get the UK home office to grant a conditional permit, here’s hoping for his sake that happens.
McKay for his part in this is of course is listing to their advances and is interested in the possibility of a transfer, and you cant really blame him, the opportunity to play for one of the biggest clubs in Britain if not the world is difficuilt to turn down. The details at this present time are a litte sketchey, and depending on which reports you read and believe, the transfer fee varies anywhere from $300k Australian to $500k Australian. Obviously losing a player like Matty would be a devistating blow, anytime you lose your captain and heart and soul of the club, but when he’s played the most games in club history and is a foundation player it is even more of a blow to the club and fans alike. $300k/$500k is a very small fee imo for a player in the form that he is in, and Rangers certainly seem to be getting a bargain. Hopefully these reported fees are wide of the mark and the club gets a fairer fee for a player it has developed from youngster, to A-League star and Socceroo since 2005.
Finally, the club today made the following statement today about this issue:
Brisbane Roar Football Club can confirm it has received an offer for club captain Matt McKay.
McKay is currently on national team duty with the Qantas Socceroos and his preparations to represent Australia in the upcoming international friendly against Wales are of the utmost priority.
Given the early nature of the contact and Matt’s commitments with the Qantas Socceroos, the club will be making no further comment at this time.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.