Rangers B welcome Ayr United to the C&G Systems Stadium tomorrow as the Colts look to reach the quarter-finals of the SPFL Trust Trophy – and there could be a rare appearance for Ibrox winger Brandon Barker.
David McCallum’s side beat League One Dumbarton in the last round of the competition and face a step up in competiton when they take on Jim Duffy’s side tomorrow.
👀 A huge test coming up for the Young Gers on Tuesday…
🏆 We take on Championship team @AyrUnitedFC in the SPFL Trust Trophy.
💙 A great opportunity for the boys to show what they have learned in the @OfficialSLFL.
— Rangers B & Academy (@RFC_Youth) September 12, 2021
Barker has yet to play for the first-team this season and was left out of the Europa League squad, meaning he will play no part in Thursday’s Ibrox clash with Lyon.
While the likes of Barker can’t play in the Lowland League for the B team, they can play in the SPFL Trust Trophy – with Niko Katic playing in the last round against the Sons.
Given the jump in quality from the regular opposition in the Lowland League to a side like Ayr United, it would make sense for Rangers to take advantage of the rules and field Barker as an overage player.
The former Man City winger was expected to go out on loan before the transfer window closed so it was a surprise to see him remain at Ibrox on September 1.
After beating Bonnyrigg Rose 5-2 at the weekend, the B team are in excellent form with 10 wins in 11 games so far this season so there are plenty of players in McCallum’s side who are in good form.
Tony Weston, the most likely candidate to miss out if Barker does play, has been one of those who have shone in the Lowland League, with eight goals to his name in all competitions and the former Blackpool youngster deserves his chance to face Ayr.