JAMIE Barjonas has spoken about the surreal moment Steven Gerrard told him he was to become a Rangers first-team player.
The 20-year-old, who signed a contract extension this week taking him until 2021, admits he was surprised to find a message on his phone from the Gers manager after a training session.
Barjonas joined the Light Blues’ aged just eight-years-old so to be called round to the professional wing of the Hummel Training Centre was a monumental moment for the life-long Rangers fan.
He explained to RangersTV: “I had spoken about being made a first-teamer with the gaffer before and then there was a training session and I went back to the reserve changing room afterwards.
“I looked at my phone and I had a Whats App from Steven Gerrard and I thought this can’t be real; it said “Did you get your locker sorted in the dressing room?”
“I said no, not yet to him so he asked me to meet him in his office in five minutes. I went up and he took me into the dressing room and said this is your new locker; you will get you initials on your jersey now too.
“I was buzzing, as a Rangers fan and having been here for 12 years, it was massive for me.
“It’s a huge moment seeing your initials on your top; it shows the step you have made from reserves to first-team and shows you’re a real first-team player now. I was buzzing but I tried not to show it too much!”
Gerrard has rewarded the youngster’s pre-season form and attitude with a new deal and now he is looking to take advantage of the extra time afforded to him at his boyhood club.
He said: “The manager has said he has been really pleased with me since coming back in pre-season and said I worked really hard.
“He said I deserve the contract and they want to give me another year, so for me it is another opportunity to improve and impress.
“It gives me another year to get to where I want to be, which is playing with Rangers first-team.”