By James Black
Rangers have agreed a new contract with 18-year-old midfielder Jamies Barjonas – and Head of Academy Craig Mulholland is delighted to have tied down a promising youngster on a long-term deal.
The Gers announced the news on their official website on Monday afternoon.
Barjonas made his first-team debut at the tail-end of last season before being handed a shock first start against St. Johnstone in the final game of last term.
The central midfielder has gone on to force his way back into the matchday squad in recent weeks.
The 18-year-old has also forced his way into the Scotland Under-19’s squad for their games against Czech Republic, Albania and Luxembourg.
Mulholland has been delighted with Barjonas’ progress in the club’s Academy and thinks he has improved massively over the last year.
“Jamie is another one who we have been speaking to over the last few weeks, and I think the progress he has made in the first-team in the last few weeks has been excellent,” Mulholland said, as quoted by Rangers’ official website.
“He is obviously a combative midfield player who is still only 18, so to get him tied up to 2020 means it is another one of the club’s young players that we have secured for the future.
“Jamie has been in the Academy since the age of eight I think, and over the last 12 months, he has really kicked-on. You look at him – he is a strong athlete who is technically good.”
Barjonas has been a stand-out player in the Under-20’s over the last 12 months and has carried that form into the club’s ‘Academy Games’ programme.
With a handful of promising appearances already under his belt for the first-team, fans will be delighted to see him commit his future to the Gers.
Despite having a host of midfielders available, Barjonas hasn’t looked out of place alongside his senior colleagues in his appearances for the first-team.
Football Insider Verdict
The decision to extend Barjonas’ deal will prove to be one of the best pieces of business the Gers have done in a while. The midfielder has all the tools to play at the highest level and has impressed consistently over the last year. Stepping into the first-team hasn’t fazed him and he’s a player Rangers fans should look forward to watching develop. Barjonas has a really good shot on him too and scored a couple of absolute crackers for the Under-20’s last term.
In other Rangers news, this 56-year-old is open to talks with the Gers after they made an approach.