Rangers will be trying to offload ex-Preston winger Brandon Barker in the coming days, according to the Daily Record.
It’s claimed that Rangers boss Steven Gerrard wants shut of Barker and fellow winger Jordan Jones before Friday’s transfer deadline, with neither making much of an impact this season.
The Gers pounced in August to sign Barker, landing him from Manchester City. It seemed a strange move at the time, but then-Rangers director of football Mark Allen knew Barker from City, and took him back to Scotland after spending the 2017-18 season at Hibernian.
Barker will likely end up coming back to English football this week, but a return to Preston is surely off the table – even after summer links with a permanent move for the wide man.
Barker spent last season on loan at Deepdale, but failed to really live up to expectations. The 23-year-old managed two goals and two assists for Preston, but couldn’t string together any consistency, largely down to niggling injuries.
His speed and trickery did excite fans, but the lack of reliability – both in terms of end product and fitness – meant that North End chose not to make his loan permanent.
Josh Ginnelly has been farmed out, Andre Green has left and Billy Bodin is injured right now, but Preston don’t need a winger after signing Scott Sinclair earlier this month. Tom Barkhuizen and Seani Maguire have played out wide this season, whilst Josh Harrop and Brad Potts can also play out wide.
It would therefore be a huge surprise to see Alex Neil and co make a new move for Barker, and Rangers quickly deciding to move on from him – after just 11 appearances for the club – suggests Preston were right not to sign him permanently.