Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that he might be without Borna Barisic for Wednesday’s Europa League clash with Braga on Wednesday as he confirmed the Croatian is a doubt for the crucial fixture.
Barisic was forced off during the first leg win over the Portuguese side and missed yesterday’s 2-2 draw with St. Johnstone as Gerrard is hopeful he has an “outside chance” of facing Braga.
After the disappointment of yesterday’s draw, Gerrard confessed he has “something to think about” ahead of the massive meeting with Ruben Amorim’s side.
“He is a doubt right now. I am hopeful. The injury that he got is not a long-term one,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.
“It is one that is bruised, there is a bit of bleeding and I think he has been passing a bit of blood as well. We are hoping that he will have an outside chance for Wednesday.
“I have got some thinking to do and I have got to get the decision right because the team have given me something to think about now.”
Barisic’s replacement, Andy Halliday, only lasted until half-time yesterday before being replaced and it is clear Barisic is a massive miss to Gerrard’s side.
If he does miss out, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Rangers opt for Joe Aribo at left-back instead after the Nigerian impressed there.
One thing is certain though, Rangers need Barisic back sooner rather than later as the season threatens to end on a damp squib within a matter of days.