Rangers loanee Brandon Barker netted his first goal for Oxford United in last night’s 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers – and admits he wanted to get his first goal for his new side “out of the way” as quickly as possible.

Barker scored the second goal in added time last night as Karl Robinson’s side picked up a valuable three points in their promotion push.

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Barker scores during the Sky Bet League One match between Bristol Rovers and Oxford United (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The former Manchester City kid came off the bench with 59 minutes played in last night’s game, sealing the win with is injury-time effort as he drove into the area then shifting the ball onto his left foot and firing home from a narrow angle.

After his surprise Ibrox exit, Barker confessed that the goal was “good personally” but was much happier at his part in sealing the win for his new side.

“It was nice to get the goal: I just tried to get it out on my left and hit it as hard as I could!” Barker said [iFollow]

“The goal was good personally but another win for the team was much more important.

“I thought it was a good game. Maybe not a pretty game of football but just one of those where we had to do everything we could to get the three points. It was tough. To be honest it wasn’t great out there in the cold but we are footballers and we are blessed to be doing this. Sometimes you get tough conditions but we know we could be a lot worse off so it’s fine.

“After Saturday’s defeat there were signs of frustration and we had to take it out on the opposition, get that anger out because we thought we played really well against Doncaster and just didn’t get what we deserved because of five minutes of madness”

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Barker was a surprise deadline day departure from Ibrox(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“So it was good to get out there again tonight and put that right and now we move on to another game on Saturday against Wigan and a chance to try and get another win to build on this one.”

Rangers keeper Allan McGregor was praised by supporters for his passionate interview following the Gers’ slip-up at Hamilton on Sunday and we discussed his influence in our weekly Round-Up Video on the Rangers News YouTube channel

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