BARRIE MCKAY says it was not a diffficult decision to leave Rangers because of the treatment he received from manager Pedro Caixinha.

The winger departed Ibrox to reunite with former Gers boss Mark Warburton at Nottingham Forest earlier this month in a deal believed to be worth around £500,000.

McKay started only three times under the Portuguese during his eight matches in charge at the end of the 2016/17 campaign, having previously featured regularly under Warburton.

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In an interview with BBC Nottingham, the Scotland internationalist explained that he felt there was no option but to leave while Caixinha was in charge.

“There was a change of manager and his opinion was different,” McKay explained.

"I wasn't being treated the way any human being should be treated, but that's football and I had to move on."

When asked if it was a difficult decision, he replied: "Not really at the time, with the way things went with the manager and the way I was being treated and stuff.

"It made the decision easy for when the gaffer got on the phone and he was obviously a big factor in me coming here and working with him again.

"When he came into Rangers, it was a big stage of my development and he helped me improve as a player.

"The way things happened up there is more disappointing. I spoke to my family, spoke to my girlfriend, spoke to my agent and I think it was just the right time.

"I guess that's football, but I'm a big boy and will get on with it.

"It is a big step in my career. Obviously I've spent all my time up in Scotland, so it is kind of coming out my comfort zone and it's just good to be here and good to be playing."