Brandon Barker scored his first goal in Rangers colours on Saturday afternoon as the Gers eased past Livingston at Ibrox with a 3-1 win – but has his goal come at the worst possible time for a teammate?
With the score at 2-1 and Rangers looking to kill the game, Sheyi Ojo broke through the Livi midfield and found Barker, who cut inside and fired a right-footed effort past Ross Stewart – keeping Rangers within three points of Celtic.
It was an excellent finish from Barker – who was a somewhat surprising qaddition given the amount of options Steven Gerrard already boasted out wide, especially after the signing of Ryan Kent from Liverpool for £7million.
Along with Kent, Rangers boast the likes of Jamie Murphy, Jordan Jones, Sheyi Ojo, Eros Grezda, Scott Arfield and a number of youngsters who could be looking to break into the senior side this season.
Greg Stewart was also brought to Ibrox this summer on a free transfer from Birmingham City, but has struggled to break into Gerrard’s side since his move to Glasgow. He has managed just six outings, missing eight others.
On Saturday, Stewart was left out of the 18 as he had picked up a calf strain prior to the Gers’ fourth league win of the season. But Jones, Kent, Ojo and Arfield are all considered above the former Aberdeen and Kilmarnock ace in the pecking order.
With a whole host of additions out wide already above Stewart in the pecking order, adding Barker to that list will come as a huge blow to Stewart – and at the worst time – as he cannot prove why he should be above Barker, because of his injury.
Barker’s goal is a huge signal of intent from the former Manchester City ace, but it comes as the worst possible time for Stewart.