Borna Barisic has reflected openly on his struggles at Rangers, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.
On Sunday afternoon, the Croatian international had what all Gers fans will hope was a breakthrough moment.
An hour into what had been a frustrating clash with St Mirren, he scored his first official goal for the club. What a goal it was too, sending the travelling support wild.
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When Chris Sutton says a Rangers player has just produced ‘a work of art’, you know it was impressive.
The 26-year-old has been widely criticised for his displays since arriving for £2 million from NK Osijek [Daily Record], but yesterday, he earned the praise of his manager [Rangers TV] and secured three points.
Rangers hero Barisic admits to struggling to reach required heights
“Of course [I have found it tough], but that is normal in a career,” he said, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times. “Sometimes you have a very good day, sometimes no.”
“If you go from my first day at Rangers, it was everything was new and fine. But then when you have injuries it is very tough and especially when you come from a league like Croatia to Scotland.
“It is a different type and you need to be very prepared physically. Last year, I wasn’t on that level but this year I think I have had a very good pre-season and in Croatia before pre-season, I did a lot of training to be on top.”
Barisic’s free-kick secured an important win for Rangers at St Mirren Park, and will hopefully provide him with the confidence to kick on.
His struggles over the last twelve months or so have been all too apparent. Yet, it’s something different entirely to come out and admit to that in the media.
It remains to be seen whether he will retain his place in the side, with Jon Flanagan probably still favourite to start against Legia on Thursday night.
What he has done, though, is buy himself more time with the Rangers faithful. He has all the raw attributes to be a very good left-back, and he’s already part of an outstanding Croatian national team.
Consistency at club level is what all parties want now though, and hopefully, Sunday’s contribution was just a sign of things to come.