Barrie McKay gutted as Rangers held at Ibrox by Hamilton Accies

Rangers' Barry McKay goes past Hamilton's Grant Gillespie
Rangers' Barry McKay goes past Hamilton's Grant Gillespie

Rangers winger Barrie McKay could not hide his disappointment at the failure to open the Premiership campaign with a win over Hamilton Accies after a 1-1 draw.

“We’re really disappointed. We felt as if we dominated the game, but Waggy going off at the end killed our momentum. We still created quite a few chances with ten men, and still looked likely to go on and win, but unfortunately we couldn’t do it and it wasn’t our day.”

Barrie did praise the tactics of the opposition - whilst at the same time stressing the clinical nature of their defending.

“All credit to Hamilton - they sat in and pressed really well in numbers, disrupting our rhythm, interrupting our tempo and that made it difficult for us to break them down.

“Even when I was on the ball they were doubling up on me. Every time I was going past them I was getting fouled but we still had chances and were unlucky to go in at the interval a goal down.

“Every team comes here and hopes to get a point - it’s up to us to open them out, hope that eventually they’ll tire and we can get in. Every player in the dressing-room knew that this season was a step-up to the top division and would be harder.”

McKay was full of praise for the summer’s new signings, including Joey Barton.

“The new boys have come in and have added to the quality of the squad. It’s top-quality players that we’ve brought in - we’re maybe still getting to know each other but the understanding is there. Joey’s a ball winner and not scared to put in a challenge. He’s a great influence in the dressing-room.”

He dismissed the suggestion that perhaps the occasion was too much for some.

“To be at a club of this size you need to get used to the full houses and the noise of the fans.

“ It’s the pressure that you put on yourself when you put on that jersey and play for this great club.”

Many have suggested that with an International call-up with Scotland at the tail-end of last season Barrie did not have a long-enough summer break.

“I came back before we went away to Florida, so I was straight in at the deep end. I coped with it well and I feel as if I have got stronger with each game I’ve played, so hopefully there are many more to come.”