Exclusive: McNamara claims Rangers have doubts over midfielder's future after official statement
Jackie McNamara has suggested that Rangers are not entirely convinced in the future of Jamie Barjonas after handing the young midfielder a new contract at Ibrox.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland star says the Light Blues see some potential in the 20-year-old but that they obviously harbour some doubts due to the length of the new deal.
Rangers confirmed that the promising talent had put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension at the club but that his new terms only run until the end next season.
🆕#RangersFC can today announce that Jamie Barjonas has signed a new contract with the club.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 28, 2019
McNamara says that the Light Blues will want to continue to run the rule over the youngster and suggests they are not 100 per cent convinced he will have what it takes to make the grade for the first-team.
McNamara told Football Insider: “I think they’ve just given him an extra year to see if he cuts it, rather than giving him something long-term. They obviously rate him enough to give him a new deal.
“I think they’ll want to see him in matches, that’ll be the biggest thing, game time to see if he handles it.”
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Barjonas has played nine times for Rangers’ first-team since coming through the youth ranks at Ibrox but not one of those appearances has come under current manager Steven Gerrard.
His last senior outing came back in 2017, finding himself sent on loan to Bury and then Raith Rovers during the 2018/19 campaign.
In other Rangers news, McNamara says that one man is making himself undroppable to Steven Gerrard this season.