Transfer deadline day came and went without any real drama for Rangers but sporting director Ross Wilson ultimately failed in what should have been one of his main priorities – selling Brandon Barker.
Steven Gerrard’s side were able to offload fringe players such as Jordan Jones and George Edmundson to Wigan Athletic and Ipswich Town respectively, whilst the likes of Jamie Murphy and Greg Stewart were released.
However, one man who the Gers failed to shift was Barker, despite his last Premiership appearance for the Gers coming in January.
He was sent on loan to Oxford United in the January transfer window and contributed three goals and four assists in League One for Karl Robinson’s side but that seemingly wasn’t enough for them, or any other club, to take a gamble on Barker this summer.
Since joining from Manchester City in 2019, the winger has gone on to make just 26 appearances for Rangers’ first team, in which he has contributed three goals and no assists, which suggests that he doesn’t really have a future in Gerrard’s side.
The 41-year-old has the likes of Ryan Kent, Fashion Sakala, Ianis Hagi, Scott Wright and Joe Aribo available to him on the wings this season, so it seems clear that Barker is surplus to requirements at Ibrox and won’t be making too many appearances any time soon.
Fortunately for Rangers, Barker’s contract at Ibrox is set to expire at the end of this season, which means that January will be the last opportunity for Wilson to sell him permanently before he potentially leaves on a free transfer in 2022.
The 24-year-old will be forced to remain at Ibrox until at least then as something of an outcast in Gerrard’s side, which surely won’t be appreciated by the former Liverpool captain, and you could definitely argue that Wilson should have done more to try and get rid of Barker permanently this summer as it is clear that he is no longer good enough for the Gers.