Rangers manager Steven Gerrard praised Brandon Barker after he made a positive impact off the bench against Livingston on Saturday afternoon.
The Gers came from a goal behind to secure a 3-1 victory at Ibrox in a Scottish Premiership fixture.
Steven Lawless had put the visitors in front from the penalty spot early in the second-half, but there was a great comeback from the Light Blues.
James Tavernier’s free-kick drew the hosts level and goal machine Alfredo Morelos scored with a powerful header.
Barker then made sure of the three points in the 79th minute with his goal, as he cut inside and smashed in his first of the season.
The 22-year-old attacker only moved in the summer on a three-year deal and started the weekend’s fixture on the bench.
But he was introduced in the first-half following a hamstring injury to Ryan Kent and he seized his opportunity on the pitch.
Gerrard was delighted for summer addition Barker and expects his goal to lift his confidence.
“I thought Brandon player really well, took his goal really, really well. That will do his confidence good and hopefully he can build on that,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
Barker made his Rangers debut in the Scottish league cup and his second appearance saw him score against Livingston, which is a decent start to life in Scotland.
He’s arrived to help bolster the options in the final third for Gerrard’s squad, but it looks like he will have to work hard to force his way into the XI.
The left-winger needs to try find a settled home to play his football, as he is yet to really do that and find any consistency.
But he scored a decent goal against Livingston nd it looks like he will grow from that.
Gerrard will have to rotate his squad heavily due to the sheer amount of fixtures in domestic and European competitions, so Barker has to be on hand to deliver just like Saturday.