Rangers loanee Brandon Barker was dropped by Oxford United manager Karl Robinson on Tuesday night despite the player’s recent claim that there’s much more to come from him in a Us shirt.
Barker has had a mixed time of it since heading out of Ibrox on loan on deadline day.
He scored in his second appearance for his adopted side and notched a maiden assist in his third outing, but soon after, Oxford were knocked out of the EFL Trophy at the semi-final stage, before the winger drew a blank at the weekend in a draw with fellow play-off hopefuls Ipswich Town.
In the build-up to Tuesday night’s fixture against Portsmouth, Barker asserted that were was “still a lot more to come” in terms of his performances, citing regular playing time as the key to getting the best out of him [Oxford Mail].
However, new manager Karl Robinson still opted to omit the Gers loanee from his starting XI for the match at the Kassam Stadium.
With the home side trailing 1-0 and struggling in the final third, the English boss eventually turned to Barker in the 65th minute, but despite making a number of promising runs, he was unable to breach the visitors’ defence.
The Us are now winless in three matches and will be targeting a return to form at MK Dons on Saturday afternoon.
As for Barker, he’ll know that the only hope he has of forcing his way into Steven Gerrard’s plans for next season is by establishing himself as a regular in the EFL and racking up good numbers of goals and assists.
Meanwhile, Rangers are back in Europa League action on Thursday night and are set to land a substantial cash reward from UEFA if they manage to progress to the Last 16.