Barrie McKay laughably compared to Celtic legend Lubo Moravcik

By David Walton

October 21, 2021

Hearts winger Barrie McKay has ludicrously been likened to Celtic great Lubo Moravcik despite a toiling career since leaving Rangers.

McKay is back in Scotland with the Tynecastle club after a failed stint in England. It comes after he was massively overhyped at Ibrox and ended up capitalising on his profile boost by bagging a move down south.

So far this season, McKay has managed 1 assist in 5 games with fans more taken aback with his hairdo than his actual performance levels. He was particularly wasteful at Ibrox in their 1-1 draw last weekend too.

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However, former Hearts favourite Eamonn Bannon has managed to produce the comparison via the Daily Record today. Speaking about Hearts’ resurgence this season, Bannon made the following remark:

“I like McKay, he has superb balance and in a way he reminds me of Lubo Moravcik who was at Celtic. He can go left or right and he’s been good since he came in and Cammy Devlin has also been terrific, he bombs about midfield and the fans love that. It all adds up to a superb start to the season and a far better look to the team than a couple of years ago.

“The quality of the Tynecastle pitch has helped, if you can’t play football on that then you can forget it.”

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Absolutely nothing about Barrie McKay mimics Lubo Moravcik

Sure there was no harm meant by the remark. Bannon probably believes he sees similarities in how the 2 players operate. But the truth is McKay is nothing like Moravcik in any sense.

It’s just lumping 2 attack-minded players in with each other and saying they have a similar style. McKay, in reality, couldn’t lace Lubo’s boots and has hardly been a standout this season.

Not to mention all McKay has to his name is a couple of lower-league titles from the Rangers banter era. Hardly something you could compare with Lubo’s 5 medals in Scotland including a treble.

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McKay used to be a hot prospect in Scottish football. However, you can’t help but feel as though that goal against Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final of 2016 was the worst thing that could’ve happened to him. All of a sudden he was supposed to be Scottish football’s next big thing.

Yet truthfully, take that goal away from him and what’s he really done in his career? His spell at Rangers certainly wasn’t overly memorable for the reasons he would like. The same goes for his time down in England in which you’ll do remember who he actually played for.

Comparing McKay and Moravcik in any sense is mind-boggling.

In other news, St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson left Celtic Park heavily impressed on Tuesday