BARRIE MCKAY thinks he answered his critics with his goal and performance in Rangers 2-0 win over Hearts.

The 21-year-old has suffered a stop start season after impressing in his first full season in the Championship and while he admits he hadn’t played his best football this campaign the midfielder feels things are coming good again.

McKay has started the Gers last two games, both impressive victories over the Jambos and Aberdeen and he thinks dropping out of the team has benefitted him in the long run.

He smiled: “I’m buzzing; I think that is probably one of our best performances I think.

“It has been great to come back into the starting line-up, I have probably not played my best football at the start of the season and I have been criticised quite a lot but I think today I answered those critics.

“I feel a lot fresher now, I missed a few games and was coming off the bench but it was probably a good chance to be able to recharge my batteries as well.

“Every person wants to be playing all the time but I think it gives you a chance to rest and then get back in the team.

“I didn’t feel tired, it was probably a lot of games and it was the first season where I have played every single game even when I was out on loan it was stop start.

“To play every single game and then go into the Scotland squad over the simmer and then come straight back into the team was tough.

“But every young boy is going to get a dip and hopefully that is me through it now.

“After the Tynecastle game you would say we had a lot to prove to a lot of people and I think we answered all those questions.

“Each and every boy motivated each other, we didn’t want another defeat the way that happened and especially at home since the gaffer has come in, other than St Johnstone, we haven’t been beaten.”

McKay’s 51st minute goal is his second of the season and came from a long throw by Lee Wallace out on the left. The midfielder pounced to profit as Hearts failed to clear.

Perry Kitchen put in a tough tackle on the Scotland international late on which saw his catch McKay’s face with his foot.

The midfielder continued:

“We don’t throw the ball into the box a lot but Waldo was shouting me to get in and their defender has run and misjudged it and I have taken the finish.

“My nose is sore after that challenge towards the end but it was a good game and I think I took quite a few nasty tackles but you always have to get back up.”

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