First League duo pip Rangers star to World Cup call but teammate involved
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First League duo pip Rangers star to World Cup call but teammate involved

Croatia striker Antonio Colak has missed out on a World Cup call but Rangers teammate Borna Barisic will be going to the tournament in Qatar.

The Balkans nation have officially announced their squad for the tournament and there will be no place for Antonio Colak despite his explosive form at Ibrox this season.

The former PAOK striker has netted an impressive 14 goals since joining Rangers from the Greek side in the summer but Colak will not add to his three caps at the winter competition.

Colak misses out on Croatia World Cup spot as Barisic makes cut

Interestingly, Croatia have opted for two strikers who play in their national First League instead, with Dinamo Zagreb striker Bruno Petkovic and Hadjuk Split rival Marko Livaja preferred over the Rangers hitman.

Petkovic has hit 12 goals for Dinamo this season, including one in the Champions League against Chelsea, and boasts more international experience having scored six goals in 24 Croatia appearances.

Livaja has 11 goals for Hajduk and has also got substantially more experience with the Croatia side, having made 14 caps and scoring three goals for the team.

Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric, Osasouna star Ante Budimir and Dinamo winger Mislav Orsic complete the attacking options in the squad.

One Rangers player who will be going to Qatar is Croatia defender Borna Barisic, who will join up with the squad after missing the country’s run to the 2018 World Cup Final in Russia.

Barisic is already being pitted against fellow left-back Borna Sosa and the defender has expressed his delight at the call up.

“I am very happy and very proud. It is one of my dreams come true that I am going to the World Cup to represent my country and my family,” said Barisic [Rangers].

“I want to say thank you to the club, my teammates, staff and everyone around Rangers because I will represent the club and they helped me a lot to achieve this.

“I have been in the national team a long time now and I am happy with that but we have a very good and deep squad and I knew that I needed to be good this season to go to the World Cup.”

Antonio Colak isn’t the only Rangers star set to miss out on a World Cup spot either.