Robbie Neilson bolstered his attacking options in September 2021 by snapping up Barrie McKay.
The winger joined as a free agent after the Jambos saw off strong interest to land the former Rangers, Nottingham Forest and Swansea City man on a two-year-deal, subject to international clearance.
26-year-old Barrie has a wealth of experience both sides of the border, as well as international recognition with Scotland.
Barrie began his youth career with Kilmarnock before joining Rangers in 2011. He would spend a year with the U19s, earning a first team debut in 4-0 win at St Johnstone in May 2012.
Though a near ever present during Rangers’ Third Division campaign the following season, Barrie would spend the next two years on loan at Greenock Morton and Raith Rovers respectively, gaining more valuable first-team experience.
He would return to Ibrox for season 2015/16 and straight into the top team, impressing as Rangers lifted the Championship title.
It was at this time that Barrie caught the eye of the national side, having represented Scotland at U18, U19 and U21 levels previously, and in May 2016 was called up to the senior squad for the first time. He would make his Scotland debut as a substitute against France the following month.
Named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year, and winner of the PFA Scotland Goal of the Season award, Barrie picked up where he left off for the 2016/17 campaign, firing Rangers to a third-place Premiership finish and semi-final appearances in both the League Cup and Scottish Cup.
With his stock at a high, Barrie was tempted down south to reunite with former manager Mark Warburton at Nottingham Forest in 2017. His stay at the City Ground would only be for one season, as Swansea City swooped to take him to Wales a year later.
After a season in the Championship with Swansea, he would spend the next year-and-a-half on loan at Fleetwood Town, taking him up to the end of his contract with the Swans, leaving the path clear for a return to Scotland with Hearts.