Rangers star Borna Barisic plays the entire game as Croatia knockout Japan on penalty kicks at the World Cup – but an Ibrox headache could yet be to come.

The Gers left-back was making his World Cup debut in the round of 16 clash against surprise package Japan, who’d already beaten Germany and Spain at the tournament.

This was after Croatia’s first choice in the position – VfB Stuttgart defender Borna Sosa – was ruled out of the crunch clash with injury.

But after playing out a spirited 1-1 draw with Balkans nations, the Samurai Blue collapsed at the penalty shoot-out stage, missing three out of the four spot kicks they took.

Rangers star Borna Barisic never had to take a penalty as the Croatians won the shoot-out 3-1 to set up a quarter final clash with Brazil, who thumped South Korea 4-1 to reach the last eight.

The result also saw Celtic star Daizen Maeda – who scored Japan’s goal in the match – reduced to tears come the final whistle.

Borna Barisic World Cup progress presents Rangers headache

Whilst Rangers fans everywhere will be cheering Borna Barisic on to victory in Qatar, the situation with Croatia and the defender leaves the Ibrox side with something of a left-back headache.

Croatia will now be at the tournament until at least the 9th of December with Rangers returning to Premiership action against Hibs six days later on the 15th.

This will be Michael Beale’s first competitive match in charge at the club and with Rangers already nine points behind Celtic in the title race, it is a must-win match for the Ibrox side.

Rangers are also heading into the game unsure regarding the fitness of summer signing Ridvan Yilmaz, who was amongst several first-teamers sidelined heading into the World Cup break.

Japan v Croatia: Round of 16 - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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It means that whilst Borna Barisic and Croatia celebrate, Rangers fans are already looking at that left-back slot ahead of the visit of Hibs and wondering how the side will be lining up as the domestic game returns.

Meanwhile, Rangers have been linked with a move for an African international midfielder.

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