Jamie Barjonas of Rangers makes a sliding tackle

Rangers midfielder Jamie Barjonas has praised his team-mates after the Gers’ Development squad suffered an agonising extra-time defeat in the final of the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens by Newcastle United’s Under-23s.

The Gers squad, mainly made up of Under-18 and Under-19 players, were unlucky in defeat against the Magpies and Barjonas admitted he was “gutted” not to lift the trophy.

Barjonas praised his “different class” team-mates after making the final as they finished off their season with the trip to the prestigious tournament.

“Gutted we couldn’t take the trophy home, boys have been different class throughout the tournament,” Barjonas said on his personal Twitter account.

Football Insider verdict:

The Gers youngsters were unlucky to come up short against Newcastle and did themselves very proud in the competition at the end of a long season. A number of the Gers players have impressed over the last few days and fans will be hoping they can continue to develop under Steven Gerrard and force their way into the first-team squad over the coming months. Despite not lifting the trophy, the Light Blues will have learned a lot from the experience and will build on the platform given to them this season as the club have embarked on their ambitious Academy Games programme. Barjonas has been on the fringes of the first-team over the last 12 months and, as a central midfielder, will be relishing the prospect of working under Liverpool icon Gerrard and learning from one of the best players of his generation in that position as he continues trying to make an impact at Ibrox.

In other Rangers transfer news, the club are in hot pursuit of a 6’4″ colossus who could be signing of the season.

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