Rangers are to cash in on failed Mark Allen acquisition Brandon Barker this January, in a bid to accrue some funds for a player whose experiment just didn’t work out, according to sources.
The 24-year old, a surprise signing from Manchester City by the DoF in the summer of 2019 as a plan B in the event of failure to secure first choice Ryan Kent, simply hasn’t worked out at Ibrox and has struggled to make many appearances, managing just 23 in almost a year and a half.
It is said he impresses his manager in training with good application and ability, but sadly in match scenarios that quality vanishes apart from glimpses, and Barker’s last outing was frankly dreadful.
Despite the meagre opposition of Falkirk, prior to his injury around the half hour mark, Barker had managed to touch the ball just once.
He appears to hide in matches, migrating away from the play zones and barely gets involved, and when he does, does little to stand out.
Manager Steven Gerrard has given him more than enough opportunities, but even the Borna Barisic fallacy doesn’t apply here, whereby a player can take well over a year to settle in.
But Barker did well enough at Hibs, which is an advantage over the Croat, and despite that still does not shine around a year and a half into his four-year deal.
So this is one Rangers want to sell for a decent profit, and we can’t say we blame them.