Rangers winger Sheyi Ojo may still have a future at Ibrox after his bright cameo in the stunning Europa League win against Braga.

Steven Gerrard had appeared to have lost faith in the 22-year-old amid sustained and heavy criticism from fans due to a lack of contributions in the final third since the early stages of the season.

Ojo celebrates netting against Feyenoord in September. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

After a string of ineffective displays following the winter break, Ojo was left out of multiple squads and hadn’t featured for six matches ahead of the trip to Portugal.

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However, he was named on the bench at the Estadio Municipal de Braga and was introduced in the 78th minute, replacing Florian Kamberi.

Handed the task of leading the line as the Gers looked to close out the game, the Liverpool loanee was extremely effective.

He injected pace, won several free-kicks and came agonisingly close to scoring a second goal for his team in injury time.

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Only a superb diving save from Matheus kept his sweetly struck left-footed effort out of the bottom right corner.

Rangers winger Sheyi Ojo proved a menace for the Braga defenders during the closing stages in Braga. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

His promising cameo may just signal an increase in opportunities over the back end of the season.

While the pursuit of the league title looks all but over, there’s now a place in the Europa League last 16 and a Scottish Cup quarter-final to look forward to.

With Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie left out of the extended squad for the knockout stages and Brandon Barker on the peripheries since the winter break, chances should arrive.

The Ojo of July, August and early September is a player who would be of great use over the coming weeks, but inconsistency has marred his loan stint so far and Steven Gerrard will have to choose wisely when it comes to including him.

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