BARRIE McKay says Pedro Caixinha has placed new demands on him and the 22-year-old has admitted they were needed.

The midfielder confesses he must add more to his game if he’s not to halt the progress he has made over the last 18 months and his new boss is pushing him every step of the way.

Caixinha has taken a number of his players aside for personal talks since his arrival and McKay has been one who thinks he has benefitted from those conversations.

McKay told RangersTV: “The manager has asked a little bit different of me, he has asked me to run in behind a lot more rather than always coming to get the ball at feet.

“I think it has been good for me; it is stuff I need to add to my game so I need to take on board what he’s saying and get on with it.

“Since he has come in I have probably had a few one on one conversation with him and they have been pretty positive.

“He has done that with a few of the other boys as well and I think the boys have felt the positivity from it.

“I think every manager is different in what they need and the way that they want to play.

“When he first came in he took us all and said look this is what I want to happen and this is how I want to play then he went through us individually and said what he wanted from us.”

After an inconsistent time under the new management at Ibrox McKay is targeting a starting spot in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final.

He is one of the Gers squad left from last season who missed out on lifting the trophy in agonising fashion and he wants to go one better this year.

He continued: “We went into that cup final last season desperate to win and desperate to get back into Europe.

“It’s a new bunch of players now and a new experience, you can pass down the experiences that you’ve had but when you get to the day it is totally different.

“We had one hand on the trophy and we took our eye off the prize and we didn’t play as well as we could have.”

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