JAMIE BARJONAS admits he was shocked to make his Rangers debut yesterday – but that made the feeling all the more special for him.
The 18 year-old was a 71st minute substitute for Danny Wilson in the dramatic 2-1 win over Partick Thistle at Firhill, but he assumed his first ever place on the bench was as good as his afternoon was going to get.
Instead, he impressed with his spell on the field as Gers turned the game on its head, and he spoke of how different the match was to the under-20s clashes he is used to playing in.
He told RangersTV.tv: “It feels brilliant. I’ve played for this club for 10, 11 years, and to make my debut is just brilliant. I actually though I wasn’t going to get on and I was just coming along to get the experience, but the gaffer gave me a shout and I am thrilled, but even more thrilled to get the win.
“The gaffer just said to go on, get the ball and play. Also to make sure I took care of the defence by sitting in front of the defence to let the ones in front of me get on the ball and play.
“The atmosphere around the game is so different as is the movement of the ball. You need to get back in and you need to get forward quicker.
“There is a lot more of a demand on you to stay on your man and not concede any goals. The speed of play is so much quicker too.”
Barjonas was involved in the celebrations for Joe Garner’s 94th minute winner, and he revealed being on the pitch for a moment like that is something he’s lived in his head for many years.
He added: “It’s a dream come true. I’ve dreamed about that moment for my entire life and for it to come true is absolutely fantastic.
“I have another year on my contract, so hopefully I can push on now and get as much first-team game-time as I can. That was class, and I want a lot more of it.”