Rangers interim manager Graeme Murty has revealed he expects more from 18-year-old midfielder Jamie Barjonas if he is to relied upon to feature in big games for the Ibrox giants.
The Rangers Academy graduate made his first start of the season in the 2-1 win over Hibs at Easter Road on Wednesday night and impressed before being substituted with fifteen minutes left on the clock.
Barjonas made his first-team debut last season under Pedro Caixinha before making a handful of substitute appearances for Murty in recent weeks.
The interim Ibrox boss also revealed that he motivated the Ibrox rising star by saying he was going up against a player rated at £5million in John McGinn.
“I am pleased that he stood up to it but he knows he is better than what he showed,” Murty said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“He showed some nice bits, but he has to play at an elevated level more consistently in training if he is going to come in to big games like this and play against big players like John McGinn.
“I said to him before the game he was getting an opportunity to play against someone who is rated by the whole world at £5million. Go and put yourself up against him and see how it goes.
“I think he enjoyed the experience. He will have learned a lot from it and will be a better player for it. It is a nice early baptism of fire for him in such a big game.”
Barjonas used possession well and looked to push his side forward against Hibs as he give a good account of himself at Easter Road.
The 18-year-old could find himself dropping out of the starting XI for Saturday’s visit of St. Johnstone with Ryan Jack available due to a quirk in the Scottish disciplinary regulations.
Barjonas has also been a regular feature for the Gers’ Under-20 side this season as they have taken on a series of friendly matches against elite youth sides from across the UK and continental Europe.