Rangers are set to sign highly-rated youngster Jamie Barjonas to a new contract, according to Football Insider.
The Gers have been in talks with their academy product and his representatives to extend his spell at Ibrox beyond this season, as the 20-year-old’s current deal is set to expire next summer.
Rangers have been offered hope in Barjonas putting pen to paper at Ibrox, after the young midfielder indicated that he would accept the terms proposed in recent negotiations.
An announcement could be made in the next few weeks, with his new terms replacing the deal he is currently on, although it is not noted how long his new contract will be or on what terms.
The current Scottish Premiership leaders have high hopes for the Leeds-born prospect, with Youth Chief Craig Mulholland cited as suggesting Barjonas will prove Rangers’ academy is capable of producing genuine talents, after the Ibrox outfit looked outside their own ranks in recent years to bolster the first-team squad.
Gers executives feel Barjonas can one day make it as a first-team option, having made nine appearances in the senior fold already, but accept that the 20-year-old midfielder is still a rough diamond, with all of his first-team outings thus far coming in 2017.
Rangers expect Barjonas to occupy a senior role once his emerging abilities are polished in the youth set-up at Ibrox, following loan spells with English League Two side Bury and Scottish League One outfit Raith Rovers last season, for whom he made eight and 19 outings for respectively.
Barjonas has represented Scotland at various youth levels, but last featured on the junior international stage as an U19 in 2018 (TransferMarkt).
Rangers clearly have high expectations for Barjonas, suggesting the young midfielder has a lot of potential to unlock, but it will be very telling how strong the Gers’ confidence is by the length of the contract the midfielder signs.
At 20, Rangers will likely feel it is not long before he has to make the step up to stake a regular place for himself in the senior fold, and it may be a stipulation of negotiations that he leaves Ibrox in the winter in search of first-team minutes again.
His spell with Raith Rovers for the latter half of last season saw the best version of Barjonas to date, with two goals and three assists in 1,457 minutes of action across all competitions (TransferMarkt), and repeating or bettering that will go a long way in moving up Steven Gerrard’s pecking order.
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