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GERRARD PRAISES ‘EXCITING’ BARKER

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STEVEN GERRARD insists Brandon Barker, released by Manchester City, will be another “exciting” addition to his Rangers squad.

The pacy winger, who had a temporary spell at Hibs when Neil Lennon was boss, will become the Ibrox gaffer’s eighth signing of the summer when he passes a medical later today.

Gerrard saw his side beat FC Midtjylland 4-2 in their Europa League qualifier last night and is delighted about the impending arrival of Barker and, speaking to STV, said: “He’s the type of player we’ve been looking for.

“Last year at times, I didn’t feel we had enough in the final third in certain areas.

“The idea this year was to build a squad with exciting players who can open the door in different ways.

“Jordan Jones and Brandon Barker open the door in one-v-one situations then provide crosses or cut in to score goals.

“Sheyi Ojo does the same with raw pace and power, Greg Stewart does it in a clever way while Scott Arfield does it by his running.

“I wanted to have everything in our repertoire, so that we have enough answers in the final third.”

Barker will be offered a three-year deal at the club.

Albanian international winger Eros Grezda, who cost £2million last summer, will leave if interested clubs meet the Ibrox gaffer’s valuation of the player who has failed to spark in Scottish football.

Gerrard added: “We’ve had some loan approaches, but at the moment the numbers don’t suit the club. He’s got two or three loan opportunities that are brewing.”

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty is also on the look-out for a new club after the Liverpool legend tore up his contract which still had a year to run.

He has already admitted a keenness to have a second spell with Hearts after quitting Tynecastle for a return to Ibrox a year ago.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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