When Nottingham Forest signed Barrie McKay in 2017 he was expected to become a star of the future on the banks of the River Trent, checking in with lots of promise from Rangers.
In 140 appearances for the Scottish giants, he netted 20 goals and registered 39 assists, proving one of the most exciting Scottish talents in many years.
Mark Warburton took a punt on the young forward, signing him for £500,000 from Ibrox (BBC Sport).
The early signs were good. In his first seven games for the Reds, he bagged twice and registered four assists, proving unplayable when he was in the mood.
As the season progressed though he lost his way somewhat and his performance levels couldn’t be maintained. Warburton’s sacking in December pretty much ended his Forest career.
McKay was one of several players that Aitor Karanka offloaded at the start of last season. The Scot joined Swansea City on a permanent deal and hoped to revive his career.
Last season under Graham Potter he was handed several chances and clearly benefitted from the chance to play regular first-team football. In 31 outings for the Welsh outfit, he helped himself to two goals and contributed seven assists.
In the summer of 2019, however, Potter was poached by Brighton and once again McKay has found himself in limbo.
This season has been nothing short of disastrous for the 24-year-old. He is still waiting for his first league appearance of the campaign, having made just three Carabao Cup outings.
Steve Cooper has taken over the Swans and he has only included McKay in one of his squads all season; on the first day against Hull City.
After seemingly earning a perfect move during the summer of 2018, the Forest flop is now once again left in limbo.
The trickster has actually claimed two assists from two games for the Swansea under-23 team this season but surely he will have his eye on January and a move to play first-team football.
McKay was occasionally a little lightweight during his time at Forest and whether Cooper isn’t keen on that side of his game remains to be seen.
It would appear that Forest haven’t really lived to rue the decision to offload the Scot, however.
He did show flashes of promise but there lies the problem with the pocket-sized forward.
Throughout his career, including at Rangers, he has produced the good sporadically. Capable of brilliance one moment and then massive frustration the next, it is ultimately the inconsistency that will kill any chance of his career gaining any momentum whatsoever.