By Alan Hutton

11th Aug, 2020 | 7:04pm

Ibrox Exclusive: Hutton claims Rangers player barely seen in 2020 dazzling Gerrard in training

Alan Hutton claims that Brandon Barker has dazzled Steven Gerrard in training after his recent appearances for Rangers.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers defender believes the winger has plenty to offer the Light Blues but that he needs to play regularly to prove his ability.

The 23-year-old started the Gers’ Europa League defeat to Bayer Leverkusen and came off the bench for a 10-minute cameo against St Mirren on Sunday.

Having joined Rangers from Manchester City in the summer of 2019, Barker played a total 12 times across all competitions last season.

However, he only featured three times in 2020 and not one of those outings came among the starting XI.

As revealed by Football Insider back in March, Rangers were considering selling the wide man this summer after being left unconvinced about his ability to perform on a matchday.

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However, having already seen Barker play twice in the last week, Hutton believes Gerrard has seen something behind the scenes to give him another chance.

“I think he’s obviously come in and shown something in training,” Hutton told Football Insider.

“We knew, against Leverkusen, how they were going to set up, they were going to have to sit in a little bit and have that bit of extra pace to try and hit them on the counter. That’s what I can see when I saw the lineup and he fits that bill.

“I would like to see him use his pace a little bit more, he’s a real threat going forward but I think that comes with confidence and games. He’s the type of player that to me has to play regularly to get in his stride.

“Gerrard obviously likes him, he’s used him at the start of the season so he has to build on it, he has to put on performances if he wants to stay in the team.” 

In other Rangers news, Hutton has tipped Gerrard to axe a senior star after update from Ibrox.