Rangers winger Brandon Barker has hinted that he’s improved his attitude this season after he netted a goal in the 2-0 win over Ross County on Sunday afternoon [RangersTV].
Barker joined the Gers on a three-year deal from Manchester City last summer but failed to impress during his first season in Glasgow.
He made just 13 appearances over the curtailed 2019/20 campaign, scoring once and failing to provide an assist.
However, he looked sharp in pre-season and returned from an injury absence with a bang on Sunday, scoring a fine goal in the 88th minute to ensure there was no route back into the game for County.
Speaking afterwards, the 24-year-old hinted he has consciously improved his approach.
“Off the back of a season where I didn’t play much football, this season I’ve got my head down and I’ve been in the team,” he told RangersTV.
“My main focus was to get back after injury and in any game that I’m given a chance, I’m trying to go out there to create chances and create goals and get the team flowing.”
Rangers winger Brandon Barker hints at improved attitude – Verdict
Barker was heavily criticised for his lack of contributions last season and many thought he might even be shipped out of the club this summer.
Steven Gerrard suggested during pre-season that the winger had refocused over lockdown [Herald], though, and that assessment tallies with his comments here.
The former Manchester City Academy Player of the Year is now showing a willingness to take on defenders and to run in behind, while he took his goal extremely well against the Staggies.
It’s now all about staying injury-free and producing the goods consistently when he’s given opportunities. If Barker can do that, he could still make a success of his time at Ibrox.