Rangers midfielder Jason Holt has admitted he was blown away by 18-year-old Jamie Barjonas after the youngster starred against Hibs on Wednesday night in a 2-1 win over Neil Lennon’s side.
Barjonas replaced Portuguese winger Daniel Candeias in the Gers’ starting XI at Easter Road and put in an impressive shift before being replaced by David Bates midway through the second-half.
The Scottish youth international used the ball well and looked to get forward at every opportunity as he repaid Graeme Murty’s faith in him with a stellar performance.
Holt revealed he was impressed with the way Barjonas dealt with the occasion against a side Rangers had lost their previous three meetings with.
“I was really impressed with Barjo, I thought he did really well,” Holt said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“He was chucked into a really difficult game in front of a big crowd away at Easter Road.
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“But I thought he handled himself really well and showed real maturity.”
Barjonas was a key figure for Murty’s Under-20 side last season before being handed his first-team debut by Pedro Caixinha towards the end of the campaign.
The talented midfielder has been on the fringes of the first-team this term and has made a handful of substitute appearances before making his first start of the season in Scotland’s capital.
Barjonas could drop out of the starting XI on Saturday when St. Johnstone visit with Ryan Jack available after suspension although the 18-year-old could find himself moved into a more attacking role with Jack taking the spot vacated by Kenny Miller’s hamstring injury.