Brandon Barker has been included in Glasgow Rangers’ UEFA A List for their clash against Galatasaray on Thursday in the Europa League play-off, with Andy Firth dropping out.
The 23-year-old was one of a number of players to pick up an injury against Dundee United along with Ryan Jack, Leon Balogun and Alfredo Morelos, and he has not played a minute of first-team football since. However, speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the match, Steven Gerrard confirmed that he is back in full training.
“Brandon Barker is the same, he trained yesterday for the first as well with no reaction.”
Now, Barker has been named on the UEFA A List for the clash, at the expense of 24-year-old third-choice keeper Firth.
This is positive news for Gerrard as he looks to keep his side in the competition. Whilst the Gers have enjoyed wins against both Lincoln Red Imps and Willem II, Galatasaray will present a whole different challenge – they were in the Champions League just last season, after all.
Should Brandon Barker be included in the starting XI vs Galatasaray?
Barker has been somewhat of a scapegoat for supporters during his time at Ibrox – he made the move from Manchester City last season – but he appears to have worked his way back into the boss’ plans. After making just six league appearances last term, he has already started three matches this campaign. His injury came at an unfortunate time, and his lack of football recently may mean he is not included in the starting XI, but he could still prove to be an important player from the bench.
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