What next for talented 20 y.o after deadline day switch failed to materialise?
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What next for Jamie Barjonas at Rangers after no deadline day move?

In the lead up to the end of the transfer window, Jamie Barjonas was linked with two EFL clubs.

The Scottish Sun claimed that both Mansfield and Macclesfield Town were interested in his services. A switch to the English fourth tier seemed to have some merit, too.

He spent the first half of last season on loan in League Two with Bury. However, he barely featured there and had to return to Rangers before joining Raith Rovers in January, in order to play regular senior football.

Barjonas during a rare outing for Bury. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

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A return to that level with either Mansfield or Macclesfield would have shown whether or not he has improved since his Gigg Lane stint.

However, despite the reported interest, no move materialised.

Jamie Barjonas at Rangers – what next?

During pre-season, the 20-year-old featured for the first-team. He held his own during his couple of outings but given the quality of players already available to Steven Gerrard in midfield and the manager’s rampant recruitment in that area, he was never likely to retain a squad place when competitive football kicked in.

Once the season began in earnest, he quickly dropped back down to Development team football. From now until January, it looks like that’s where he’ll stay.

That’s not as disastrous as it may seem. Sure, Barjonas is 20 and will be turning 21 in a few months – he’s going to want to get games under his belt at senior level.

Barjonas played got a run of appearances for the first team as a teenager during the 2017/18 season. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

However, as we’ve seen in the case of Greg Docherty, heading away on loan doesn’t always bring the desired results. Even when you excel on the pitch.

Barjonas has to take the positives out of his current situation.

Last season, his only real prospect of game time would have been in the SPFL Reserve League. A league where the standard of opposition varied greatly and where matches played out in front of a handful of spectators.

This season, the Colts are going strong in the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer cup. They travel to NIFL Premiership side Ballymena United next week for an intriguing third-round clash.

What’s more, the reformatting of the Glasgow Cup provides welcome opportunities.

Rangers will face the Partick Thistle, Clyde and Queen’s Park first teams home and away, as well as a Celtic development side.

These are proper competitive matches in front of crowds. Steven Gerrard went to watch the first game against Thistle in Dumbarton, so there will be opportunities to play and impress.

The priority for Barjonas, whose current deal runs out next summer [Transfermarkt], is to earn an extension. He may initially have been frustrated by the lack of a loan move, considering his chances of getting back into the first-team setup are slim.

Yet, despite being with the development squad, chances will come his way with regularity and it’s up to him to make the most of them.

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