Rangers midfielder Jamie Barjonas should seek a transfer exit this month after continually being overlooked by Steven Gerrard.
The Academy graduate has made nine competitive first-team appearances for the club. Yet, the last of those came way back in December 2017 in a 2-0 home win over Motherwell.
Since then, he’s had loan stints at Bury, Raith Rovers and Partick Thistle, with varying degrees of success.
During pre-season, it appeared that Barjonas had forced himself into the manager’s plans, and he came off the bench to score an excellent goal in the Veolia Trophy triumph over Nice.
However, despite largely remaining with the senior squad since then, he hasn’t played a minute of competitive action all season.
Barjonas benefitted from a UEFA rule change to make the extended bench for all six of Rangers’ Europa League group stage fixtures, while he was also named amongst the subs for league clashes against Hibernian and Ross County in September and October respectively.
The 21-year-old has never really looked like getting on, though, and that’s despite players like Joe Aribo, Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield all picking up significant injuries at various times across the campaign.
Barjonas has had to rely on infrequent B team matches for game time and it seems unlikely that his fortunes will improve during the second half of the season.
With just six months remaining on his current deal, perhaps in an ideal world, he would like to sign an extension before heading out on loan, just as he did this time last season.
Regardless of whether it’s a temporary or permanent exit, though, the priority now has to be playing regularly for a young midfielder who has only made 41 career appearances, despite making his senior debut three and a half years ago.
Oldham Athletic were linked with interest in Barjonas during the summer [Scottish Sun] and perhaps they will return for him this month, as they bid to move up the EFL League Two table in 2021.
Another Rangers academy graduate is back in Scotland on loan from an EFL Championship club and is aiming to deal a blow to his old club on Sunday.