Rangers fans have raved about Brandon Barker following an impressive cameo in the 2-0 pre-season victory over Lyon.

The 23-year-old winger joined the Gers a year ago from Manchester City but failed to impress during his first season in Glasgow.

Barker playing for Rangers against Porto. (Photo by Diogo Baptista/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

When the campaign was halted in mid-March, he had played just 442 minutes for the club across 12 appearances in all competitions.

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Despite being signed for his pace and creative abilities he’d been unable to make an impact in the final third, scoring just once and failing to register an assist, and as a result, he had slipped down the pecking order.

It seems Steven Gerrard still has faith in the young Englishman, though, and he caught the eye off the bench on Thursday night.

Since arriving at Ibrox, Barker has looked reluctant to take on defenders, but there was no hesitation in Lyon as he showed blistering pace on multiple occasions to beat opposition full-backs.

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Shortly after being introduced, he dropped the shoulder and sped into the box before pulling the ball back to fellow substitute Ross McCrorie, whose effort was cleared off the line.

Rangers’ English midfielder Brandon Barker reacts after missing a chance during the UEFA Europa League Group G football match between Rangers and Porto at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland on November 7, 2019. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Fifteen minutes from time, he once again left defenders trailing in his wake, this time picking out Jordan Jones who could only shoot wide.

Given his disappointing returns last season, plenty of supporters were stunned by the impact Barker made from the bench and are hoping it’s a sign of things to come.

Here’s a selection of reactions to his performance from Twitter:

 

 

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