Better than Kranjcar: Rangers fans rave about 18-year-old after his youth team display v Brighton
By James Black
Jamie Barjonas stood out for Rangers Under-20s against Brighton last night – with one fan claiming he was better than Niko Kranjcar on Twitter.
Barjonas, 18, made his first-team debut last season and was a key player from Graeme Murty’s Under-20s as they reached the Scottish Youth Cup final.
The young Gers faced Premier League Brighton last night as part of their ‘Academy Games’ programme, losing 2-1 to a last-minute goal from.
Barjonas put in an impressive display in central midfield, scoring Rangers’ equaliser and controlling the game for spell.
The midfielder was subbed with a few minutes remaning but fans were quick to praise his performance, calling it “excellent”.
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Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
Barjonas > Kranjcar
— Grant (@1872grant) September 12, 2017
Barjonas running the show ????
— main (@mainstuart) September 12, 2017
Barjonas looks a really tidy player. Good feet and vision ????
— Graham Hendry (@TremendoHendo72) September 12, 2017
Watching the U20 game. Barjonas is head and shoulders above everyone else. Hardie, Palmer and Nail also look good.
— John (@JG93_) September 12, 2017
Rangers really need to get Jamie Barjonas tied down to a new deal.
By all accounts, he's head and shoulders above the rest at youth level.
— Ted (@NewcoTed) September 12, 2017
Barjonas is a player man
— Thomas Honeyman (@THoneyman1) September 12, 2017
Great goal barjonas. That boy is class.
— David (@rossd1506) September 12, 2017
The young starlet made four appearances for Pedro Caixinha’s first-team, starting against St. Johnstone on the last day of the season, and fans are keen to see him progress.
Barjonas was a regular for the Under-20s last season, scoring three times in 24 appearances, before stepping up into Caixinha’s senior side in April.
As part of Rangers’ ‘Academy Games’ programme, the Light Blues will face top English and European clubs in home and away fixtures and first-team squads from Scottish League One and Two sides.
The Young Gers will also take part in the Scottish FA Youth Cup but have already been knocked out of the Irn-Bru Cup by Championship Dumbarton.
To do this, Rangers have withdrawn from the SPFL Development League as they try something unique to improve their youth development.
Murty’s side have already faced Dutch giants Feyenoord and Southamption before travelling to face Manchester City at the City Football Academy on Saturday.
Some of the other sides involved include AZ Alkmaar, Benfica, Everton, Leicester, KV Mechelen and Tottenham.
In other Rangers news, fans want Frank de Boer to rerturn to Gers after he was sacked by Crystal Palace.