Reports earlier this summer suggested that Preston wanted Barker back at Deepdale, despite a hit-and-miss loan spell. The transfer deadline passed without North End making a move for Barker, and his future was settled with a move to Ibrox.
Barker failed to really settle at North End, as he was in and out of Alex Neil’s side and struggled with injuries, but he’s now hopeful that his permanent move to Rangers will help him really get going again, given that a full-time move to Deepdale seemingly wasn’t on offer.
“I lost my way a bit going out on loan all the time,” said Barker. “It is not easy to leave your family and to keep going different places. I have been looking for an actual home and now I have that. I’m grateful for that and hopefully Rangers will reap the rewards of that.
“It is hard when you come to the end of the loan and you don’t know what will happen the following season. It can be difficult to stay focused but now I know I’m a Rangers player. And I can say that with a smile on my face,” he added.