Rangers fans have heaped praise on Borna Barisic for another outstanding display in the 5-0 win over Hearts.
Ahead of the game, we suggested that Jon Flanagan could get a runout at left-back, to give Barisic a well-deserved rest.
Yet, Steven Gerrard was having none of that, naming the Croatian international in his starting lineup for the 16th game in a row [Transfermarkt].
Once again, he was superb.
The player who struggled with injuries, poor form and a lack of confidence last season, has been one of the Gers’ most consistently impressive performers in recent times, and against a toothless Hearts side, he was given plenty of freedom to bomb down the left this afternoon.
Much of the praise sent his way by fans came as a result of his involvement in the opening goal.
11 minutes in, having been fed the ball in space by Glen Kamara, the 27-year-old whipped a stunning first-time cross to the back post which Alfredo Morelos powered past Pereira.
Much like his assist for the second goal in Rotterdam on Thursday night, it was the type of pinpoint delivery strikers dream of.
Thereafter, Barisic continued to threaten down the left flank, taking on opposition players and raining crosses into the area.
When on dead-ball duties, his delivery was also often dangerous and on the odd occasion the Jambos looked to venture forward, he was on hand to calmly snuff things out.
His transformation from potential flop to fans favourite has been remarkable, and the supporters once again lauded him on social media.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
mental what a decent run of games in the teams done for barisic, what a player
— Ben (@BenGraham85) December 1, 2019
Special mention to Barisic who was excellent and I thought Aribo was decent too. Even Ojo off the bench give more than he has shown of late and Stewart too was very effective. Strength in depth…
— Petrocelli (@caltat) December 1, 2019
What a performance to start a massive week for us. Thought Barisic was different class today. Onto Wednesday now 🔴⚪️🔵 #WATP
— Bearsbadges (@bearsbadges) December 1, 2019
Borna borna borna borna barisic 🙌🙌🙌
— jamie leach (@jamieleach20) December 1, 2019
Even tho Barisic has been getting a lot of praise recently I don’t think it tells half the story. On the pitch he’s been outstanding but I’m more impressed with his mentality. He looked to be nowhere near good enough and on his way out. The turnaround has been incredible
— Colin Mitchell (@Itchy87) December 1, 2019
All I want for Christmas is a Borna Barisic contract extension
— ianweir. (@IanWeir94) December 1, 2019
Another world class cross from Barisic
— ᒪᎥᗩᗰ (@LiamWATP) December 1, 2019
Barisic yet again on the money with the ball for the 1st goal. Would be interesting to see how many of our goals this season he has been involved in
— Allan Gray (@algie1981) December 1, 2019
Between Barisic and Kent, the service into the front areas is just what Morelos craves. It’s complete joy to watch 😬
— Dylan Walker (@DylanWalker0) December 1, 2019
Big barisic can fair ping a baw ⚽️
— Stuart Brown (@stubrfc25) December 1, 2019
Barisic is just so good
— Ryan Rossi (@NewcoRydo) December 1, 2019
Barisic that is a beautiful ball in my son!! Morelos. Well I’ve ran out of words for him
— NC (@NDC_1872) December 1, 2019