JAMIE Barjonas says the Rangers development squad are adapting to the demands of their new Games Programme as he targets another first-team outing.

The 18-year-old made his Gers bow last season, making four appearances and getting his first start against St Johnstone in the final game of the campaign.

Barjonas and his Under 20s teammates face Leicester City at Ibrox tonight in their latest game against English and European opposition.

Speaking ahead of the game the midfielder said: “I have been round training with the first-team quite a lot but I haven’t been in a squad yet this season so my main aim is to try and get round training as much as possible and hopefully make a squad quite soon.

“The manager hasn’t spoken to me about that recently but he said at the start of the season that if there was a chance to get in due to injuries then he can trust me and can call on me  – hopefully that is what happens and I can get into a squad.

“Even after he brought in new midfielders over the summer it obviously shows I am doing well in the development games to still be training round there.

“I have got two goals in our development games so far and I am just trying to play as well as I can in those games and hopefully Pedro sees that.

“I have had quite a few fans speaking to me and saying I didn’t look out of place last season which is good to hear, it would have been different if I had gone and had an absolute shocker! My Mum and Dad said I played well so that is enough for me.

“Going round and training with Ryan Jack and Graham Dorrans is so helpful, you can see the way they play and the standards that they work to are so high. Training with them and playing alongside them is only going to make me a better player.”


The Development Squad have played Feyenoord, Brighton and Manchester City so far picking up two draws and losing once in stoppage time against Brighton.

Barjonas continued: “This programme is a lot more challenging because you are playing against international players who are playing with England, Holland etc.

“You need to adapt to not having the ball or dominating games as much as you would have in the Development League.

“All the lads are enjoying it and we are getting a few good results against Feyenoord and Manchester City so long may that continue.

“We have been working on playing that way more in training, defensive structure when we haven’t got the ball and once we win it back keeping it.

“It is a lot more of a challenge but we all relish it and while it is definitely harder it is better for everybody in the team.

“We played Leicester’s Under 23s when we went to Hong Kong for the sevens tournament so hopefully it is a few of those players again on Tuesday.

“They were quite good so if it is that team again it will be a challenge; if it is their 19s I am sure it will still be difficult. We are going into the game confident that we can still get a result.

“It would be amazing to have a good crowd on Tuesday night, when I made my debut in front of 50,000 it was incredible.

“We are obviously not going to get that many but with a good sized crowd you are getting a good backing and it definitely helps us as players in the game. Hopefully we can get as many people as possible down to Ibrox on Tuesday night.”

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