Matt McKay signs for Rangers subject to work permit

Matt McKay (bottom left) will be a Rangers player subject to receiving a work permit.
Matt McKay (bottom left) will be a Rangers player subject to receiving a work permit.©SNS Group

Rangers have completed the signing of Matt McKay, with the player moving to Scotland subject to receiving a work permit.

STV understands Rangers will pay £253,000 to Brisbane Roar for the Australian midfielder but the Ibrox club will have to go before an Scottish FA appeals panel to receive an endorsement for the player's work permit application.

McKay featured for his country in their friendly with Wales on Wednesday night, meaning he has played eight of Australia's 14 competitive games in the last two years, leaving him still considerably short of the 75 per cent required. As such, the SFA will automatically reject his application for an endorsement.

A work permit appeals panel will now rule on McKay's application and STV understands that hearing will take place next week.

Rangers have until 11pm on Wednesday, August 17 to register McKay as their one additional player for the Europa League play-off round clash with Maribor, the first leg of which takes place on August 18.

The 28-year-old, who can play either as a left-sided or central midfielder, was named Player of the Season in the A-League last term and featured alongside former Rangers midfielder Charlie Miller with Roar from 2008 to 2009.

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