Jamie Barjonas of Rangers makes a sliding tackle

By Abigail Withey 

Rangers Under-20s midfielder Jamie Barjonas believes that academy team mate Ross McCrorie was the best player on the pitch during the Light Blues’ clash against Celtic on Saturday.

Pedro Caixinha’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat to the Hoops in the first Old Firm showdown of the season due to goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths.

McCrorie, 19, started his first ever Premiership game in place of injured centre-back Bruno Alves and provided possibly the only positives of the game for Rangers fans and Bajronas, who hailed the defender.

“I was at the game at the weekend and I thought he was outstanding,” Barjonas said, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.

“He was the best Rangers player on the park.

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“It gives the full 20s team a boost to see Ross start an Old Firm game and make his first start. It shows that the gaffer is willing to give the youth a chance if they are ready.

“I feel for Ross it has been a long time coming. He has always had the ability, he has got the work ethic, so I am delighted for him.”

The young defender initially impressed the Gers boss when he came on in the second-half for Alves in the club’s Scottish League Cup quarter final over Partick Thistle, which eventually led to another call up at the weekend.

His friend and Under-20s team mate Barjonas is yet to feature in the first-team this season but made a handful of senior appearances during the closing games of the previous campaign.

While the 18-year-old midfielder looks more likely to stay put in the development squad for now, McCrorie could feature again in the senior backline on Friday night if fellow defender Alves remains out.

The Light Blues will travel to the SuperSeal stadium to face Hamilton in their eighth game of the Premiership.

In other Rangers news, fans have torn into this Celtic player for his antics in the Old Firm clash.

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