McKay takes break before relocating to Rangers

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Matt McKay is in line to make his Rangers debut against Dundee United next month after the Australia midfielder secured his work visa yesterday.

The document was the only thing needed to complete the 28-year-old's move from Brisbane Roar but he will not come to Glasgow in time for Sunday's visit of Aberdeen. The left-sided player will instead stay in Australia until after the international break, as he is in the national squad to face Thailand and Saudi Arabia in World Cup qualifiers, and will arrive in Glasgow on 7 September, three days before Rangers host Dundee United in the Scottish Premier League.

McKay said on the club's website: "I just got my visa today and I'm really excited. It took a bit longer than I expected but it's great to get it all sorted now. It's a difficult process to get through but I'm glad it's all done now. I have been fast-tracked through and I can't wait to get started now.

"I'm staying back in Australia to play in our World Cup games as it's a long way to go to Scotland in time for the game at the weekend and it makes more sense to stay here now. But our second game is in Saudi Arabia so I'll go to Scotland from there, so that I arrive in Glasgow on September 7.

"I'll be ready for the Dundee United match just after that. I'm used to the travelling and quick turnarounds after internationals in Europe so I'm prepared and all set to go.

"I just want to play now. Our longest wait was for my work permit but once that came I was delighted and now the visa is through too I can concentrate on playing for Rangers."

Rangers look set to announce a new long-term contract for Gregg Wylde. The 20-year-old midfielder, the subject of a failed bid by Bolton earlier this month, told the Scottish Sun: "I wasn't happy with what was on offer at first and I told him [manager Ally McCoist] that. When Rangers offered me the right deal I couldn't have been more delighted."