JAMIE BARJONAS believes he is “improving every day” and is naturally thrilled to sign a new contract with Rangers.
The 18 year-old midfielder has been a fixture in recent Gers squads, and he reckons training with the top team on a daily basis is bringing him on significantly as a player.
Speaking to RangersTV, Barjonas said: “I’m delighted. I’ve been at the club for such a long time and from such a young age, so to be able to sign a new, two-year deal is a great feeling.
“I’m finally glad to put pen to paper. Training with the first team every day has been a step-up as the standards are higher and the demands are higher, but it is a lot better for my development.
I can feel myself improving every day and I am delighted to be training with them every day. To get into squads and then to get onto the pitch is an add-on, and it’s great.
“Playing with players such as Ryan Jack, Jason Holt and Graeme Dorrans – they have had a lot of experiences, like Graeme who has played in the Premier League.
“So being able to train with them every day and picking up on the certain things they have been doing in training is a great way for me as a young player to develop.”
Barjonas has also played his part in the club’s under-20s Games Programme in this campaign, and he feels that too has been improving him as a player.
He continued: “The games I played in the Games Programme at the start of the season I felt were a lot harder than the Development League last season, and that was definitely a good way to develop, and I scored three goals in four games, so I was definitely doing well and I was enjoying myself.
“I can see the rewards for it now being with the first team, and it has been great to see that the Games Programme can lead to under-20s getting into the first-team.”
This week will see Barjonas join with the Scotland under-19s squad for their qualifying matches with Albania, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic.
Fellow Gers Aidan McAdams, Kieran Wright, Aidan Wilson and Zak Rudden are also in the squad for the games, with Barjonas believing they deserve their international recognition for their performances so far this season.
He added: “I’m buzzing to meet up with the lads. I wasn’t able to go and play France, so I am delighted to get back in the squad and hopefully I can get some game time, and hopefully we qualify.
“I’m looking forward to it, and it’s great to see a lot of players from Rangers who are getting in. It’s definitely well-deserved as all three of them have been doing well in the games too.”