'Timid' Barker in fight to save Rangers career - Ibrox Sources
Brandon Barker is in a fight to save his Rangers career ahead of the January window, Football Insider understands.
The winger, 24, has failed to establish himself at Ibrox since signing from Man City in the summer of 2018 on a three-year deal.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that there are major doubts whether Barker can ever be a key figure in Steven Gerrard’s high-flying side.
The club could cash in on the wide man in January if they receive a reasonable offer for him.
Gerrard and his coaching staff believe Barker is a big talent but struggles to reproduce his impressive efforts in training in competitive matches.
Football Insider revealed that concern over whether the wide man is too “timid” to deal with the unrelenting Ibrox spotlight.
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He was an unused substitute once again on Sunday as Rangers’ extraordinary run continued with a 4-0 Scottish Premiership thrashing of Ross County.
Barker has made just four starts among his 10 appearances this season, completing 90 minutes on just one occasion.
He has scored two goals but is behind the likes of Cedric Itten, Ianis Hagi and Jermain Defoe in the attacking pecking order as well as first choice forward trio Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent and newly-established Kemar Roofe.
Ex-Rangers recruitment chief Mark Allen was the driving force behind the capture of Barker, who he knew very well from his time in charge of City’s academy.
There were high hopes at Ibrox for the winger, who has been capped by England at Under-20 level and was renowned for regularly destroying full-backs at age-group level.
Barker has played 23 times in total in his season-and-a-half at Rangers, and scored three goals.