Rangers coach Graeme Murty has tipped 20-year-old midfielder Jamie Barjonas to make the breakthrough into the Rangers first team this season.

Barjonas signed a new contract at the end of October that will see him stay at the club until 2021 and it came about after he was promoted to the senior squad.

The youngster spent the first half of last season on loan at Bury, where he only made four appearances, before moving to Scottish Championship side Raith Rovers for the rest of the season.

That worked out better for him and he made 19 appearances there, scoring two goals.

He has made nine appearances for the Rangers first team, with his debut coming against Patrick Thistle back in July 2017, but he hasn’t featured for almost two years now.

He did make the bench for a Europa League qualifier this season.

However, Murty thinks he is ready to take the next step and that being in and among the first-team squad will help him.

As quoted in the Scottish Sun, Murty said, “We just have to make sure that we continue his development on and make sure that we put the platform in place for him to keep growing and improving as a player and then it is up to him to take that final step and really nail that final audition, if you like, in front of the first team manager so that he can take that next step.

“The first team group have taken them into their changing room, he trains with them every day and they like what he does and like the character that he shows in dealing with the first-team players.

“It is up to him to take those lessons on board and continue his progression.”

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