Exclusive: McNamara suggests Rangers midfielder facing January move after Ibrox statement

Jackie McNamara has suggested that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will look at sending Jamie Barjonas out on loan in January after seeing the youngster commit to a new deal at Ibrox.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland international says that the Gers boss would love to hand the promising talent game time with the senior side but that his priority has got to be winning games.

Rangers announced earlier this week that the 20-year-old midfielder had put pen to paper on a new contract extension which sees him tied down at Ibrox until the end of the 2020/21 season.

With a host of talented individuals ahead of the Leeds-born starlet in the middle of the park, McNamara suggests that Gerrard and his coaching staff may look to ship him out in January and get him the experience needed to make the grade at Ibrox.

Asked if the Gers could send Barjonas out on loan, McNamara told Football Insider: “It depends if he gets game time. If he doesn’t much up there they might look at that. 

“They’ll want him to get game time, they’ll want him to get matches when it’s in the first-team but the most important thing for Steven is them winning their games just now.” 

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Barjonas has not played in the first-team under Gerrard, having been sent on loan to the likes of Bury and Raith Rovers during the 2018/19 campaign, although he does have nine games of senior experience under his belt.

His last outing came back at the end of 2017, playing 49 minutes under Graeme Murty as manager.

In other Rangers news, McNamara says that one man is making himself undroppable to Steven Gerrard this season.