By Wayne Veysey

2nd Sep, 2021 | 7:00am

Sources: Rangers struggle to offload Barker as 'big' salary agreed by Allen revealed

Rangers tried and failed to offload Brandon Barker right up until the transfer deadline with his “big” salary proving a major obstacle to a deal, Football Insider can reveal.

This site revealed the winger, 24, had been made available for a loan move by the Light Blues after failing to feature in the opening month of the campaign.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that a significant factor in Barker staying at the club is his lucrative three-year contract.

The super-quick wide man was enticed from Man City in the summer of 2019 by ex-Rangers recruitment chief Mark Allen and handed a deal said to be “big” for a player with little track record at the top level.

Allen knew Barker very well from his time in charge of City’s academy and hoped he could replicate his scintalatting performances in youth-team football.

The wide man is a former England Under-20 international and was renowned for regularly destroying full-backs at age-group level.

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But he has failed to make a serious impact at Rangers and has not added to his 26 appearances for the club in the new campaign.

A loan spell at English League One club Oxford United in the second half of last season gave Barker a new shop window for his talents.

His output was impressive, with 22 appearances yielding three goals and four assists.

That gave Rangers hope they could offload him this summer, although they recognised a permanent move would be difficult due to his salary.

A return down south was the most likely option for a player who has also had loans at Preston North End and Rotherham United.

He has scored three goals in 26 matches for Rangers, including two in 13 games last season.

In other news, Rangers face losing star man on free transfer after knocking back last-gasp offers.