Rangers midfielder Jamie Barjonas may be struggling for first-team recognition at Ibrox, but he is a man in demand from two Championship clubs.
Should Rangers loan out Jamie Barjonas?
The Scottish Sun reported that the 20-year-old could the subject of a transfer battle between Dunfermline and Partick Thistle, both of whom are seeking to sign the youngster on loan in January.
According to The Scottish Sun, a loan move for Barjonas could be finalised before the end of this month.
Academy graduate Barjonas made nine Premiership appearances for Rangers between 2016 and 2018 but has yet to feature in a competitive game under Steven Gerrard, having had loan spells at Bury and Raith Rovers last season.
The closest he has come to featuring under the current manager was when he was named on the bench for a Europa League qualifier against St Joseph’s five months ago (as per TransferMarkt), although he has scored a couple of goals for the Light Blues’ reserve team in this season’s Scottish Challenge Cup.
While mainly a central midfielder, the 20-year-old has also played in a holding midfield role and on the left flank, displaying an admirable versatility. [via TransferMarkt]
A scout report on Soccersouls described him as a “strong midfield player with excellent passing range”, adding that he “reads the game well, doesn’t mind going into tackles and can dribble past players with a good turn of pace”.
Unfortunately for Barjonas, midfield competition in Rangers’ first team is intense. Steven Davis, Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara and Scott Arfield are all either central or defensive midfielders and have all played more than 2,000 minutes so far this season (as per TransferMarkt), illustrating the challenge that the youngster faces in trying to break into Gerrard’s team.
Barjonas seems to have plenty of potential, as indicated by the Soccersouls report on him, while he has shown his goal-scoring promise at reserve team level in recent months.
However, with the youngster not even making matchday squads and Rangers already having strong competition in the central midfield area, a loan move to the Championship would seem the best move for him in the short-term so that he can hopefully make a stronger claim for a first-team place next year.
Rangers fans, would you be in favour of Barjonas going out on loan? Can you see him breaking into the first team under Gerrard? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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