Despite an inauspicious start to his Oxford United career Brandon Barker has bounced back to score his first goal since joining on loan from Rangers.
The 25-year-old joined Oxford United on deadline-day after finding himself out of favour at Ibrox, making four Premiership starts this season and playing just 539 minutes across 10 appearances [WhoScored].
He did score twice for the Gers but with Scott Wright joining from Aberdeen to add to the attacking midfield ranks alongside Ryan Kent and Ianis Hagi he was deemed surplus to requirements.
Life down south did not start as planned for Barker when he was hooked at half-time in a 3-2 defeat to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
His replacement Olamide Shodipo scored within 30 minutes of his reintroduction at the Keepmoat Stadium and was rewarded for his efforts with a start at Bristol Rovers on Wednesday evening, at the expense of the Rangers loanee.
However roles were reversed at the Memorial Stadium as Barker came on for Shodipo and scored a 92nd minute goal to secure the game for Oxford United as they ran out 2-0 winners.
It was classic Barker as he utilised his searing pace to burst down the left hand side before firing in at the goalkeeper’s near post.
Bidding to impress summer suitors
Barker will still have over 12 months left on his Rangers contract after the conclusion of his loan deal at Oxford United with his deal set to expire in June 2022 [transfermarkt].
But his days at Ibrox look numbered with the former Manchester City man failing to live up to his potential since joining in 2019.
He turned 25 on New Year’s Day making him older than all of Wright, Kent and Hagi.
Barker should be starting to enter his prime years but after being discarded to England’s third-tier Steven Gerrard looks to have made clear his intentions.
Gerrard and the Ibrox hierarchy will be hoping he can continue to bang in the goals to drive up his summer price tag which will act as vital funds as the Rangers boss looks to reshape his squad to get ready for an expected Champions League campaign.
In other Rangers news, Scott McDermott slams 28y/o following Accies shocker and casts doubts over his Ibrox future.