Rangers player Jamie Barjonas could benefit from the absence of two key midfielders to make his first competitive appearance since 2017 against Falkirk.
The Gers are taking on the third-tier side in the League Cup on Sunday and will be without both Ryan Jack and Joe Aribo due to injury and illness respectively.
Their woes leave Steven Gerrard relatively short of options in midfield and with Gary McAllister already confirming that fringe players will be given opportunities to impress [RangersTV], Barjonas could be set to feature.
The 21-year-old broke into the Rangers first team under Pedro Caixinha and made nine Premiership appearances across the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons.
His final outing over that period came as a first-half substitute in a 2-0 win over Motherwell at Ibrox in December 2017 and since then, he’s barely had a look in.
The Academy graduate went out on loan to both Bury and Raith Rovers during the 2018/19 season, before signing a contract extension last year and joining Partick Thistle for a stint that was cut short by the footballing shutdown.
Barjonas was linked with a move to Oldham Athletic during the summer [Scottish Sun] following a fine pre-season goal against Nice, but the Gers opted to hold onto him.
He’s only made six matchday squads since the start of the season and is yet to get the nod off the bench.
However, after three years of waiting, it could now finally be time for him to feature again in a competitive game.
Barjonas is one of five senior out-and-out midfielders Gerrard can call upon, with Steven Davis, Scott Arfield, Glen Kamara and Bongani Zungu all also in contention.
Yet, after an energy-sapping encounter against Benfica at Ibrox on Thursday night, it seems unlikely that Davis will be risked.
Scott Arfield will want to turn out against his former club, but it may also be deemed unnecessary to field the all-action 32-year-old on an artificial surface, while Zungu may not be fit to start the game following a knee problem.
Therefore, if the coaching staff trust him enough, there’s certainly room for Barjonas in the starting XI.