While Jake Hastie would have known that he faced a tough task forcing his way into Steven Gerrard's plans when he signed for Rangers, he probably would not have expected to be used quite as sparingly as he has been since joining the Gers.
Hastie's only appearance for the Light Blues so far came in the Europa League clash with St Joseph's, and he has not been in a matchday squad since that day.
With the transfer window still open, it may not be a huge surprise to see Hastie secure a loan move before the deadline passes. He was excellent during the second-half of last season with Motherwell, but it appears that Gerrard is yet to be convinced that he is quite ready for first-team football at Ibrox.
And given the events on transfer deadline day in England, it would appear that it has become even more imperative that Hastie joins another club on loan this summer.
Barker has played in the Scottish Premiership, as well as in the second tier in both the Netherlands and England. It would not be a surprise to see the 22-year-old immediately placed higher in the pecking order than Hastie.
With Hastie already struggling for game-time, Barker's arrival makes it even more important that Hastie seals a loan move elsewhere. He needs the chance to develop and perfect his game, and perhaps prove a point to Gerrard.
Rangers should have the depth to cope without Hastie for the coming months. And there are also young players such as Josh McPake ready to come in if Gerrard's options are stretched as season continues.
There is every reason to think that Hastie can go on to have a brilliant career at Rangers. But it appears that taking one step back and heading out on loan may be the best way for the youngster to make several steps forward in the future.
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