Gers fringe man ‘biting at the bit’ to get games, wants to take big Lokomotiv chance
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Rangers fringe man 'biting at the bit' for big chance against Lokomotiv

Rangers fringe player Brandon Barker has told Rangers.co.uk he’s ‘biting at the bit’ for game time as the Gers prepare to face Lokomotiv Tashkent in Dubai.

The 23-year-old joined from Manchester City in August, but despite being fit for most of his time in Glasgow, he’s been used sparingly by Steven Gerrard.

Barker on Rangers debut against East Fife in August. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In fact, Barker has played only 400 minutes across 10 appearances this season and is yet to complete a full 90 minutes in Light Blue [Transfermarkt].

Clearly, though, he’s hoping for greater involvement over the second half of the season, as the club pushes for silverware.

“It’s more to get the cobwebs off really and get 45 minutes in the tank and it will be good for the boys,” Barker told Rangers.co.uk when asked about the upcoming friendly.

“We’ve all had a week off but it has been a really hard camp so far and we have still got another few days to go.

“I am biting at the bit to get some games and I’m trying to show what I can do in training and hopefully, I will get an opportunity soon.”

Gerrard has shown some faith in Barker for big Europa League games. (Photo by Diogo Baptista/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Verdict

It’s been an underwhelming start to life at Rangers for Barker, who has just a solitary goal and no assists to show for his opening few months with the club.

He showed he can do a job for the team with a hard-working performance at Porto in October, but when given a chance against the same opponents at Ibrox a fortnight later, he struggled to make any sort of impression on the game.

You get the feeling that at the moment, Barker is short of confidence on the ball, and perhaps a break followed by a change of scenery in Dubai was needed to reset.

While the return of Jordan Jones to fitness may have sent him down a notch in the pecking order, he’ll hope a lively outing against Lokomotiv on Saturday will push him to the forefront of the manager’s thoughts.

He faces plenty of competition with Ryan Kent, Sheyi Ojo and Jamie Murphy also all still at the club, but his Ibrox future is very much in his own hands.

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