Date: 20th September 2019 at 2:56pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Jackie McNamara has warned defenders in Scotland about the pace that Rangers possess in attack thanks to wing duo Brandon Barker and Ryan Kent.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland international says that the Ibrox duo have the potential to cause defences all sort of problems with their speed and trickery in attack.

Despite Kent and Barker having arrived from English giants Liverpool and Manchester respectively over the summer, both of the air have experience in Scotland’s top flight, having spent time on loan at Rangers and Hibernian.

While Kent is currently out of action with a hamstring injury, Barker replacing him last week against Livingston, McNamara admits that the Rangers duo are going to be a nightmare for their rivals if and when they play together.

McNamara told Football Insider: “I’ve seen a bit of him (Barker) before when he was at Hibs. A lot of pace, direct and it will be interesting to see how he adapts to life at Rangers.

“(Are defenders are going to struggle against Kent and Barker?) Yeah, they’ve got a lot of pace, if they’re both fit. Time will tell.” 

Barker played 30 times during his temporary spell with Hibs, scoring twice and setting up a further five assists during his first taste of Scottish football.

Kent meanwhile established himself as a firm favourite at Ibrox during his loan with the Gers, earning the SPFA Young Player of the Year award for his performances at the Glasgow giants.

In other Rangers news, Football Insider can reveal that Steven Gerrard was left fuming with one Gers player after seeing an exit deal turned down.