BARRIE MCKAY was called up to the Scotland under-21 squad for the first time since 2012 this week and the young winger is delighted.

McKay has played in every match for Mark Warburton‘s Light Blues this season and will win his second cap at this level if he features – he picked up his first nearly three years to the date of this match, on 14 November 2012.

Speaking to RangersTV, he said: “It’s really good to have been called up, it’s obviously been a while since I’ve been away with the Scotland set up so it’s good to be recognised for playing this year.

“It was good and always good to get away and meet up with the rest of the boys who have been doing well with their own clubs as well.

“Being called up and receiving that recognition is good and making the step up to international level is an achievement that I’m proud of.

Goalkeeper Liam Kelly has also been called up to the under-21 squad after becoming a regular on the bench for the Gers this season.

With Kelly being called up next week to the under-21 squad, Robby McCrorie away with the under-19 squad and Cammy Bell recovering for injury, had the Gers game against Dumbarton not been postponed the Light Blues would have been left without any goalkeeping cover.

McKay was delighted for Kelly – who was drafted into the last under-21 squad as late emergency cover. He said: “It’s really good for Liam to be called as well.

“He’s younger than me and it’s a really good achievement for him to make the step up from the under-19s to the under-21s at a younger age.”

The pair have been picked for the forthcoming UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Ukraine. The game will take place at St Mirren Park on Friday 13 November.

The 19-year-old has featured for the under-19s for the past few seasons in goal and Sbragia’s now seemingly deems him ready for the step-up.

Scotland’s under-21s currently sit fourth in the qualifying table behind Iceland, France and Macedonia. Northern Ireland and Ukraine are below them in the standings.

McKay was speaking to RangersTV ahead of featuring within the Last Word feature in the match programme for the Alloa game on Saturday. Make sure you buy your copy – available from the usual outlets for just £3.

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