Ross Wilson must sanction a January loan move for Glasgow Rangers midfielder Jamie Barjonas as he has found his chances limited under Steven Gerrard this season.
The 21-year-old made his first-team debut in a Scottish Premiership clash with Partick Thistle in 2017, but has struggled for minutes since and Wilson should consider sending him out on loan.
Barjonas burst onto the scene under Pedro Caixinha and made nine Premiership appearances across the 2016/17 and 2017/18 campaigns, with his final appearance as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Motherwell at Ibrox in 2017.
However, he’s barely been seen since then, as he first left on loan for Bury and Raith Rovers, before penning a new deal with his boyhood club back in 2019 and joining the Jags on a short-term loan until the campaign was cut short by the pandemic.
He was heavily linked with the Ibrox exit amid interest from Oldham Athletic but Rangers refused to sell him in the summer.
Gers legend Peter Lovenkrands was effusive in his praise for Barjonas, describing him as a “fantastic” talent.
However, since then, he has found his chances hard to come by, as he is yet to feature for the first-team across all competitions so far this season.
Considering the form of Steven Davis, this isn’t all that surprising, whilst the arrival of new summer recruit Bongani Zungu from French Ligue 2 side Amiens on an initial loan deal with the option to buy meant that it was unlikely that Barjonas was going to be a first-team regular starter for Gerrard’s side.
While that’s not to say that Barjonas isn’t a good player – in fact far from it, as we think the club could be onto a winner with the former Scotland U19 international who scored two goals and supplied three assists during his time with Rovers – he just needs to ensure that his progress isn’t stifled too much by being left out of the matchday squads.
When you consider the fact that he made 19 appearances across all competitions for the Rovers, it’s hard to imagine that there will be a shortage of interest in the young central midfielder, who was once praised by Gerrard for his impressive performance in the pre-season friendly over Nice.
A loan spell could be just what the doctor ordered for Barjonas to regain his confidence and work his way back into the Ibrox boss’ good books.