JASON HOLT was thrilled to see Jamie Barjonas handed a new Gers deal this week having been mightily impressed by the 18 year-old.
Barjonas has been training with the first team on an almost daily basis recently, and there, he and Holt as fellow midfielders have been working closely with each other, with the former Hearts man liking what he sees from the youngster.
Speaking to RangersTV this week, Holt explained: “I’ve been really impressed and I’m delighted for him extending his contract. Every time he has trained with the first team you have been able to see his qualities.
“With him being in the same position as myself, any tips or bits of advice I can give to him, I will always do that and it’s the same with guys like Ryan Jack and Graeme Dorrans too.
“I’m sure on the other hand too Jamie will always be looking to learn. It’s always great when you see young players given that chance and then them going and taking that opportunity.
“Everyone needs to start somewhere and get that opportunity, so the more opportunities we can give to the younger lads, the more it will stand us in good stead for the future.”
Holt is now the longest serving player in the Gers midfielder, and as such, he believes there is an added responsibility on his shoulders to assist Barjonas and any other young players in that position.
He continued: “I think so, but to be fair I think it does with all the boys – whether they have been there for a year or three years, they will always try and help the younger lads coming up.
“That’s the type of players we have got in that dressing room, so we will always be looking to do that.”
Holt also took time to reflect on Saturday’s victory over Partick Thistle, saying: “It’s always pleasing to win 3-0 at home. I think the first-half showing was good, although in the second half I think we took our foot off the gas a little bit and let the standards slip.
“If we had kept the standards high we could have gone on to get more, so that is what we will be working on and looking to do in future games.”
A highlight of that game and of Holt’s performance in the match was his superb, mazy run from midfield to the penalty box, where he was only denied by goalkeeper Tomas Cerny.
Daniel Candeias got the break of the ball to score however, with Holt praising his overall impact in the move.
He added: “I got the ball, bounced it off Alfredo and played a one two with Kenny and the space just kept opening up for me,
“Daniel took the defenders away and I went through and probably should have scored myself. But, I was just delighted he managed to put that in after me.
“The runs off the ball are so important to create the space, and it was a great bit of work from Daniel who got his reward at the end of it by grabbing the goal.”