Glasgow Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is reportedly eager for Ibrox prospect Jamie Barjonas to get first-team experience elsewhere, according to The Scottish Sun.
The 21-year-old midfielder has come through the ranks at Rangers and has made nine competitive appearances for the Light Blues to date, being also named in the matchday squad for their 2-2 draw last time out.
Barjonas has now been linked with English League Two outfit Oldham, who recently appointed Gerrard’s former Liverpool colleague Harry Kewell as manager.
Kewell is keen to reshape his squad after the Latics finished a lowly 19th in the English fourth tier last season and, according to The Scottish Sun, the Gers youngster is a target.
Barjonas – whose contract takes him to 2021 – has had loan spells at Bury and Raith and spent time at Partick Thistle last term before the Scottish season was suspended and ultimately curtailed.
He was also part of the Light Blues squad who claimed the Veolia Trophy in France at the start of the season after victories over Nice and Lyon.
Barjonas has impressed for Rangers’ youth sides and is highly rated by both Gerrard and former academy boss Peter Lovenkrands, who told the Daily Record in July that the youngster “has fantastic abilities, his passing is second to none”.
It doesn’t look as though he’s in line for much game time at Ibrox this season, but if he was going to leave on loan, surely he could do better than linking up with an English fourth-tier side?