Kenny Miller heaps praise on Rangers 18-year-old after first team breakthrough
By Harvey Byrne
Veteran forward Kenny Miller has been full of praise for rookie Jamie Barjonas after he played a key role in Rangers’ 2-1 win over St. Johnstone on Sunday.
The 18-year-old central midfielder started the Gers’ final match of the 2016-17 season at McDiarmid Park and ended up staying out on the pitch for 89 minutes of the clash.
The match marked his first start for the Ibrox giants’ senior team after he made first team debut for the club earlier in the month against Partick Thistle.
He has since gone on to feature a further three times including Sunday and Rangers role model Miller gave the young star a special mention for his displays after the win.
“When you look at the line-up, again, it was really young. We had four or five guys who have been playing for the 20s this year in the starting line up so it was bare bones and a lack of experience, particularly in our backline,” told Miller, as quoted by the official Rangers website.
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“We should be really pleased with the performance and the result because of that and I think a wee special mention should go to Jamie Barjonas.
“I thought Barjo was excellent to today, he came on and has made a decent impact in the couple of games he has played so far and starting today I thought he was brilliant.”
Miller himself is 19 years Barjonas’ senior at 37 and has totalled 240 matches for Rangers, which has seen him return 98 goals and 53 assists.
He is often hailed for his mentoring of the youngsters and is occasionally seen at Under-23s matches offering his advice.
The experienced professional was also handed a further one-year deal in April and after scoring 11 goals in 37 appearances for the club he will be hoping for a similar return in the next campaign.
In other Rangers news, this 23-year-old defender has responded to the Gers’ interest.