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Barjonas hungry for more first-team action

Midfielder wants to fight his way back into Pedro Caixinha’s Rangers squad

Jay Mansfield

Jamie Barjonas has admitted he is hungry for more first-team appearances after playing four times for the Gers at the end of last season.

Barjonas started against St. Johnstone on the final day of the season after making three sub appearances as Pedro Caixinha gave a number of young players game-.time

The 18-year-old midfielder returned to Graeme Murty’s Under-20 squad over the summer and was a standout performer as the Colts fell to a last-minute goal against Brighton at Ibrox on Tuesday night.

“The manager said to me that whenever there is a chance to put me round for training or in for games he will do that,” Barjonas said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“But my main focus right now is on this games programme and the 20s and I will do the best I can.

“Having that first team experience makes me hungry for more. I have had that experience, I have played in front of 50,000 at Ibrox.

“There is nothing I want more than to have that again. Even going round to train with the first team, I get a buzz.”

Barjonas’ contract runs out at the end of the season and the club should be doing everything to tie him down to a long-term deal. He impressed in the first team and was a regular stand-out in the Under-20s last season and has lots of potential.

With plenty competition for a central midfield place in the first-team, it's unlikely we’ll see Barjonas step up again anytime soon but before too long, he’ll hopefully be in a position to force the manager to pick him.