Steven Gerrard has told the Rangers hierarchy to try and sell Brandon Barker before Friday’s transfer cut-off, Football Insider understands.
The winger has struggled to make an impression since signing from Manchester City last summer on a three-year contract.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the coaching staff have no doubts about the talent of the 23-year-old and he is often a “world beater” in training.
But Barker has failed to come close to matching that level of performance in matches.
Rangers are now looking to cash in on the summer signing this week, with a return down south on the cards.
It may be that Barker leaves on an initial loan rather than a permanent transfer, given the tight time frame for a deal to be agreed.
This comes after Football Insider revealed that Gerrard and his backroom staff were concerned whether the wide man is too “timid” to deal with the unrelenting Ibrox spotlight.
Barker has made 11 appearances this season and scored just once, on his league debut for Rangers against Livingston back in September.
Ex-recruitment chief Mark Allen was the driving force behind the summer capture of Barker, who he knew very well from his time in charge of City’s academy.
He made only one appearance for the Premier League giants but has had spells on loan at Hibernian, NAC Breda and Rotherham United, as well as at Preston North End, where he scored two goals and supplied two assists from his 20 matches last season.