Jamie Barjonas seems to have been around Ibrox forever. He made his first team debut at just 18 years old but has seen his career stall over the last couple of seasons. Having failed to agree such a move during the summer, it’s crucial he finds a loan club in January.
Barjonas has been at Rangers since 2007 so if you keep an eye on the academy squads it will make sense as to why it seems like he should be older than the 20 years that he actually is. Despite training with the first team squad on a regular basis, he is yet to really make the break through under Steven Gerrard, although he did make the bench against St Joseph’s in the Europa League this season.
Head of Academy, Craig Mulholland described Barjonas when he signed his new contract in 2017, saying: “He looks after the ball well, and in terms of the game model and style of play we want to have at the club, it is these types of players who are technically good and competent on the ball that will fit on what we want to introduce and keep developing”.
Playing as a central midfielder, Barjonas likes to get forward and his 2 goals and 3 assists for Raith Rovers on loan in the second half of last season represents his best return so far. It is also the first time he has had a consistent run of games.
He has carried this form into this season for Rangers Colts in the Challenge Cup with one goal and one assist so far against senior opposition. Barjonas also netted a dramatic late equaliser against Hibernian in a recent development fixture to secure a 2-2 draw.
But Barjonas will be 21 this season and should be playing regular first team football, whether it’s at Ibrox or on loan – that’s what Ross McCrorie and Glenn Middleton secured this summer. Barjonas was rumoured to be heading out on loan with both Macclesfield and Mansfield according to The Sun, but nothing came to fruition. So where does this leave him now?
The former Scotland under 19 international is out of contract in the summer and should be looking to do one of two things. Get out on loan in January to impress his Gers boss, or get out on loan to put himself in the shop window. Either way, securing regular football in the new year is essential to his development and his future, whether it’s with his current club or someone else.