By James Black

Rangers starlet Cammy Palmer has revealed he thinks Ibrox team-mate Jamie Barjonas is a “great player” as he looks to follow the midfielder’s path to the Ibrox first-team.

The 17-year-old Academy hopeful has just made the step-up to the club’s Under-20’s squad while Barjonas is a regular member of the matchday squad in the first-team.

Palmer has impressed in the Under-20’s in recent weeks as the Canadian youngster continues has forced his way into a regular starting slot in central midfield.

The pair played alongside each other in Monday night’s 5-2 Scottish Youth Cup win over Partick Thistle at Ibrox and Palmer believes Barjonas “deserves” his spot with the senior squad.

“Barjo is a really good player, we work really well together,” Palmer said, as quoted by the club’s official website.

“He played a lot at the start of the season but obviously he’s gone up so we haven’t really played much but he’s a great player and he really deserves to be up there.

“It’s amazing to get as many minutes as I can, this year has been a big step up for me but I feel like I’m learning every day and I’m obviously delighted to keep my place in the team every week.”

Homegrown star Barjonas was a stand-out performer for Graeme Murty’s Under-20’s last season before making his first-team debut towards the end of the campaign.

The 18-year-old came off the bench in the Gers’ final handful of games and made his first start against St. Johnstone in the last game of the season.

Barjonas returned to first-team action in Caixinha’s last game before being sacked, coming off the bench in the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock, and followed it up with his second appearance of the season a few days later in the win over Hearts at Murrayfield.

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