Ex-Man City talent’s Rangers future hangs in balance, director confirms
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Ex-Man City talent’s Rangers future hangs in balance, director confirms

Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson has fired a warning to those players in the squad who aren’t involved in the first team with the future of Brandon Barker hanging by a thread.

The 25-year-old winger has struggled to leave any meaningful impression on the Gers squad and is now in the final year of a three-year contract signed in the summer of 2019.

Brandon Barker is yet to make an appearance for Rangers this season. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Whilst Barker has had opportunities at Rangers – albeit not a run – they have passed this once highly-rated young English talent by.

As a result, Rangers sent ex-Man City talent Brandon Barker out on loan to Oxford United last season and since returning the winger has been lingering in the background of the squad.

Yet to make an appearance this season, Ross Wilson was clear at the recent AGM that those players uninvolved in the first team and with deals expiring are unlikely to be offered a new one.

“Player contracts, I get it, it’s a hot topic, it’s something people are excited about,” said Wilson [Rangers].

“We are generally really, really relaxed about where we are with our player’s contracts

“In terms of player contracts that would expire this season there are probably three groups that I would look at.

“1 – the group of our older players, and we would always review these at the end of the season and this season is no different.

“Safe to say” Brandon Barker could leave Rangers

“2 – anybody who we would say they are not contributing at all, when their contract is finishing it’s safe to say that those players would depart at the end of their time here.

“3 – players whose contracts are up and are playing regularly here. We have a clear contract model, we have a clear wage structure, and anybody who signs a contract at Rangers will sign a contract within that structure.

“However, it’s also fair to say players can take their own view, they can take their own time, and if they want to take a contract which is in excess of that model that’s fine as well.

“We are really relaxed about that, we take a view of every contract on its own merits so long as it sits within our model.”

That would suggest time is running out for the likes of Brandon Barker who must’ve surely considered his future under threat when he was excluded from the club’s Europa League squad.

Brandon Barker is also not likely to be the only Rangers fringe star released come the summer with a fourth-choice player unlikely to have a deal extended.