Rangers' Matt McKay named Aussie player of the year

Rangers midfielder Matt McKay
McKay has made only one appearance for Rangers since signing in August

Rangers midfielder Matt McKay has beaten Everton's Tim Cahill and AZ Alkmaar's Brett Holman to be named Australian Footballer of the Year.

The 28-year-old led Brisbane Roar to the A-League title last season before signing for the Glasgow club.

But McKay, who has recently been troubled with a minor knee injury, has made only one appearance since joining the Scottish champions in August.

He received his award from former Rangers defender Craig Moore in Sydney.

McKay, who has 19 caps, is back in his homeland for Friday's friendly against Malaysia and a World Cup qualifier against Oman on 11 October.

The midfielder, who signed a three-year contract with the Scottish champions in August, told Rangers' website: "I'm still pinching myself.

"This time last year, I got my first call-up to a full-strength Socceroos.

"I was excited just to meet Harry Kewell, Tim Cahill and Mark Schwarzer and now they are my mates."