Hutton claims Brandon Barker dazzling Gerrard in training

Alan Hutton claims that Brandon Barker has dazzled Steven Gerrard in training after his recent appearances for Rangers.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers defender believes the winger has plenty to offer the Light Blues but that he needs to play regularly to prove his ability.

The 23-year-old started the Gers’ Europa League defeat to Bayer Leverkusen and came off the bench for a 10-minute cameo against St Mirren on Sunday.

Having joined Rangers from Manchester City in the summer of 2019, Barker played a total 12 times across all competitions last season.

However, he only featured three times in 2020 and not one of those outings came among the starting XI.

As revealed by Football Insider back in March, Rangers were considering selling the wide man this summer after being left unconvinced about his ability to perform on a matchday.

However, having already seen Barker play twice in the last week, Hutton believes Gerrard has seen something behind the scenes to give him another chance.

“I think he’s obviously come in and shown something in training,” Hutton told Football Insider.

“We knew, against Leverkusen, how they were going to set up, they were going to have to sit in a little bit and have that bit of extra pace to try and hit them on the counter. That’s what I can see when I saw the lineup and he fits that bill.

“I would like to see him use his pace a little bit more, he’s a real threat going forward but I think that comes with confidence and games. He’s the type of player that to me has to play regularly to get in his stride.

“Gerrard obviously likes him, he’s used him at the start of the season so he has to build on it, he has to put on performances if he wants to stay in the team.”

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT TRAINING

RANGERSTV subscribers can get on the training pitch as the Gers continue preparations for the match against St Johnstone at Ibrox.

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FLUID ATTACK EXCITES BOSS

STEVEN GERRARD has been speaking about the fluidity in his Rangers attack following Sunday’s 3-0 win over St Mirren.

The Light Blues were dominant and impressive in their victory over the Buddies, with much of that stemming from the style of play up-top.

Often, Alfredo Morelos, Ianis Hagi, Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent would switch positions, and speaking at today’s press conference, Gerrard explained: “It is definitely something we have worked on – not just this season – we have worked on it a lot throughout our time.

“But we do want to give players like Joe that license to go and roam, be free and express themselves because that is how we feel we will get the most out of those individuals.

“They are talented players and we don’t want them to be hemmed into one position if you like.

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“So that’s not just for Joe – it is for all the attacking players. As long as you respect the position and respect the shape of the team and the organisation out of possession.

“When we are in possession, we want to make it as difficult as we can for opposition teams.

“We are going to get a lot of teams that come and sit in a block and who are organised and try to derail us.

“So the more fluidity with people changing positions and causing as many problems for opposition teams, the better it is in my opinion.”

Nigerian international Leon Balogun also made his Ibrox bow in the win, with Gerrard continuing: “I have been very impressed, and not just with the player. We knew we were adding a fantastic player because we have followed him and tracked him for quite a while.

“I also spoke to Paul Cooke at Wigan in great detail about him and he was very complimentary.

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“So we knew we were getting a top player, and since he has come in the door, he has been fantastic in training and he has been really good around the place in-terms of his character.

“You can see clearly he is a winner and he is our type and fits our profile as he is quick. So at Ibrox when we want to go and put pressure on teams, it is important that defenders are capable of defending the halfway line, and he certainly is.”

Team news: Allan McGregor will again miss out, as will Jermain Defoe. Kemar Roofe could be involved for the first time after taking a full part in training on Tuesday.

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HOW TO WATCH THE ST JOHNSTONE MATCH LIVE

RANGERS are in Scottish Premiership action at Ibrox against St Johnstone on Wednesday – and you can watch live wherever you are!

Our RangersTV team for the broadcast will be anchored by David Tanner, with guests Neil McCann and Alex Rae.

We’ll have two special guests for the match too, with Scottish Women’s National team coach Shelley Kerr joining us, along with Gers goalkeeper Allan McGregor who sadly misses the game with an injury.

On commentary for the game, we will have Clive Tyldesley with B-Team manager Kevin Thomson.

For users who wish to listen to audio of the match, Tom Miller will be providing commentary with former Gers defender Steven Smith.

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Here’s how you can watch the match against St Johnstone whereever you are in the world.

IF YOU ARE AN INTERNATIONAL (UNLIMITED) RTV SUBSCRIBER OR PAY PER VIEW USER

It should be noted that for all the matches at Ibrox behind closed doors, or with restricted fans, in the SPFL Premiership viewers inside as well as outside the UK/ROI can purchase via Pay Per View for £9.99.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE AND VIEW

If you are already an international RangersTV subscriber, or a Pay Per View user then you can click HERE to watch the match on the RangersTV website and app.

IF YOU ARE A RANGERS SEASON TICKET HOLDER

Rangers season ticket holders will be able to watch all home behind closed door matches FREE on RangersTV on live.rangers.co.uk or on the RangersTV app.

As promised, season ticket holders will be provided with complimentary access to all home league games whilst we play behind closed doors.

To avoid a delay to access, we advise that you log into your account and apply the discount code that has been emailed to you as soon as possible. Please see how to do that below.

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A RANGERSTV ACCOUNT

  • You must be signed in before redeeming the voucher and your voucher will only be able to be used once.
  • Once logged in, go to HERE and redeem.

IF YOU DON’T HAVE A RANGERSTV ACCOUNT YET

  • Go directly to HERE then you can create an account as part of that redemption flow
  • Please ensure you have redeemed well in advance of kick off to avoid any issues accessing, you will only need to redeem the voucher once to be used for all matches behind closed doors.

After you have redeemed your code, then return to live.rangers.co.uk or login to the RTV app to view the match.

If you are watching on the RTV app you MUST redeem your code via the website before attempting to view.

Thank you for your continued loyalty and support. We look forward to welcoming you back to Ibrox as soon as it is safe to do so.

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ST JOHNSTONE MATCHDAY PROGRAMME AVAILABLE NOW

You can buy the St Johnstone matchday programme online now and have it sent directly to your door – or download a digital version with our app.

PRODUCED for every home game, the official matchday programme is an integral part of your matchday experience, and this season you can have a copy delivered directly to your door or you can download it to your mobile device.

  • Exclusive interview with first-team star Connor Goldson
  • Steven Gerrard and James Tavernier’s manager and captain’s pre-match notes
  • Interviews with former Ger Alex Rae and Shelley Kerr, the manager of the Scotland Women’s Team, who will also be giving their thoughts on the game against St Johnstone for RangersTV’s live coverage.
  • Jermain Defoe answers a range of questions from fans for ‘On The Spot’
  • Also there is a half-time quiz, match facts, a fascinating archive feature from club historian David Mason on Ibrox legend Tommy Muirhead and a Junior Gers section for young fans, plus so much more.

To purchase a print version of the Scottish Premiership match against St Johnstone’s visit to Ibrox, click HERE.

You can also buy a copy of the programme inside the new Rangers Store at Ibrox.

Delivery is subject to Royal Mail’s delivery service and cannot be guaranteed for matchday.

To purchase a digital version of the Scottish Premiership match against St Johnstone’s visit to Ibrox click on one of the following apps.

The digital version will be available to view on Wednesday 12th August.

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Greg Docherty Attracting English Interest, Movement Could Happen In Next Week

Out-of-favour Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty is attracting interest from several clubs in England in the ongoing transfer window, according to STV.

The 23-year-old midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at Hibernian and made a positive impression at Easter Road.

Docherty is again tipped to leave Rangers before the transfer window shuts on 5th October and it is claimed movement is expected over the next week.

Hibernian have shown an interest in him, but it seems that track has cooled and he could move south of the border this summer.

Several clubs in England are assessing the prospect of taking him off Rangers’ hands.

Docherty is keen to play regular football this season and is open to a move to England this summer.

Concrete bids could land on Rangers’ table for the midfielder in the next week and the Gers are prepared to see him leave.

It is still unclear whether offers of an outright transfer or a loan deal will be made for Docherty this summer.

Docherty has another two years left on his contract at Rangers.

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Knew We Were Getting Top Player – Steven Gerrard On Leon Balogun

Steven Gerrard is delighted with the impact Leon Balogun has made at Rangers since the start of the season and has revealed that he spoke about the defender with former Wigan boss Paul Cook before signing him.

Rangers snapped up the 32-year-old centre-back on a free transfer this summer after the Nigerian’s contract with Rangers ran out at the end of last season.

Balogun has slotted straight into the Rangers side and has looked confident and assured at the heart of their defence in the first two league games, which the Gers won without conceding a goal.

Gerrard insisted that he was certain about the kind of defender he was getting in Balogun and feels the player provides a different dimension to his side as he can play a high line against teams sitting deep.

The Rangers boss revealed that he only heard good things about Balogun when he spoke to former Wigan manager Cook before signing him.

“We knew we were getting a top player in Balogun”, the Rangers manager said in a press conference.

“He is our type and fits our profile and it is important at Ibrox when a team is deep for a defender to be able to sit on the halfway line.

“I spoke to Paul Cook about him and he had only good things to say about Leon.”

Balogun has partnered Connor Goldson at the heart of Rangers’ defence in the first two league games.

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STEVEN GERRARD ST JOHNSTONE PRESS CONFERENCE

RANGERS boss Steven Gerrard spoke to the media today to preview Wednesday’s match against St Johnstone.

The Gers will face St Johnstone on Wednesday evening at Ibrox and you can watch the game wherever you are in the world on RangersTV HERE.

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I’m Trying To Be A Sponge – Joe Aribo Determined To Learn

Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo has insisted that he is trying to be a sponge and learn from the best around him, including Gers team-mates Steven Davis, Ryan Jack and Glen Kamara.

Coming on the back of a good debut season at Ibrox, Aribo has set his eyes on progressing further and improving his game this term.

Keen to develop as a player and midfielder, the Nigeria international is aware of the need for him to learn from the best, especially the ones around him.

The 24-year-old has pointed out that his Rangers midfield partners Davis, Jack and Kamara all have international experience and feels he can absorb things just by watching them.

Aribo went on to insist that he is trying to be a sponge and learn from everybody as he looks to take the next step as a midfielder.

If you want to progress and be better, you have to play against the best, you have to learn from the best“, Aribo told Rangers TV.

There’s Davo there, there’s Jacko there, there’s Glen there. [They are all] internationals and I can just watch them and learn off them as well.

So I am just trying to be a sponge and learn off everybody really because that’s just what is going to improve my game, so it is just good that I am able to do that.

Aribo has started in both of Rangers’ league wins this season and will be looking to help the team to continue their momentum in midweek against St Johnstone.

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