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Why Rangers arranging a loan move for their talented 21-year-old starlet would be the right choice

Jamie Barjonas has been linked with a loan move away from Rangers
Jamie Barjonas has been linked with a loan move away from Rangers

Why Rangers loaning out Jamie Barjonas should be a no-brainer

According to The Scottish Sun, Rangers academy prospect Jamie Barjonas has been linked with a loan move to English League Two outfit Oldham Athletic. 

Oldham appointed Steven Gerrard’s former Liverpool teammate Harry Kewell as their manager last month. And Barjonas has emerged as a loan target as the Australian looks to reshape his squad before the deadline. (h/t Scottish Sun)

As per the report, Gerrard doesn’t see the 21-year-old as an integral part of his plans this season and is keen for him to go out on loan in search of regular playtime elsewhere. 

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Born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, to parents of Scottish descent, Jamie Barjonas joined Rangers’ academy at the tender age of nine and progressed through various age-group levels. 

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Barjonas has made only 9 first-team appearances for Rangers since earning his debut in 2016-17 (Getty Images)

The talented central midfielder was handed his senior debut for the Gers in a Scottish Premiership match against Partick Thistle back in the 2016-17 season after impressing for the U-20 side in the SPFL Development League.

Barjonas has made a total of 9 first-team appearances for Rangers in all competitions, although none of them have come since the start of the 2018-19 season after Gerrard took charge.

The 21-year-old previously spent time on loan at Bury in EFL League Two and Raith Rovers in the Scottish Championship during the 2018-19 season. Barjonas has also represented Scotland at U-17 and U-19 levels, but is yet to make his senior international debut.

Loan deal – ideal for all parties involved?

Rangers are already pretty well-stocked in their central midfield options, with established internationals like Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara, Steven Davis, Scott Arfield, and Joe Aribo all competing for places in Gerrard’s preferred 4-3-3 system.

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Barjonas has emerged as a loan target for English League Two side Oldham Athletic (Getty Images)

Barjonas was named among the substitutes in Rangers’ 2-2 draw against Hibernian last weekend, with Jack and Aribo facing a spell on the sidelines. However, he didn’t enter the field of play and is still awaiting his first competitive appearance under Gerrard.

The 21-year-old is at risk of slipping further down the pecking order if Rangers manage to get a deal for Preston North End playmaker Daniel Johnson over the line this summer. Regardless of that, however, Barjonas is not someone who seems to be a part of the manager’s plans, with the youngster yet to feature for the Gers domestically or in Europe this term.

Suffice to say, a loan move away from Ibrox for Barjonas should be a fair settlement for all parties involved. Still very much in the developmental phase of his career, the Gers graduate needs to be at a club where he plays regular first-team football as opposed to wasting his time playing youth football at Rangers.

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Barjonas is yet to feature in a competitive game under Steven Gerrard (Getty Images)

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Verdict

Jamie Barjonas hasn’t made a competitive appearance for the club in over two years. Having said that, sending him out on loan would allow him the opportunity to further his development with some first-team minutes under his belt. 

The 21-year-old knows the English fourth-tier very well from his previous loan stint at Bury. And a return to familiar surroundings south of the border should help him progress in his career.

Fulham taking a chance on this 22-year-old English starlet would be a worthy move if it works

Norwich City right-back Max Aarons celebrates after scoring. (Getty Images)

Norwich would be quite wise to cash in on rising 20-year-old star when the chance arises