Barrie McKay eager to do iconic shirt justice

22nd July 2019
First team

Barrie McKay understands he has a lot to live up to this season as he prepares to follow in some famous footsteps after taking on Swansea City’s iconic number seven shirt.

The winger has made the switch having worn the number 19 jersey during the 2018-19 campaign following his arrival from Nottingham Forest.

The number seven shirt will always hold a special place in the hearts of the Jack Army, who saw club legends like Alan Curtis and Leon Britton wear it with distinction during their playing days.

And while McKay is fully aware of the greater level of responsibility that wearing the shirt brings, he is confident he can deal with the pressure. 

“I know it’s a big number for the club and the fans so, hopefully, I can do it some justice,” the 24-year-old said.

“Obviously, Leon wore the shirt and he’s a legend.

“I’m a different player to him but I hope I can take on that kind of responsibility.

“I want to be able to deal with the pressure and, at the same time, enjoy playing my own football.”

McKay has two goals in four pre-season appearances under head coach Steve Cooper ahead of the 2019-20 season.