Rewind to the second half of last season and you’d be hard pressed to find a Rangers fan who’d take the bet that come this campaign, it’d be Borna Barisic standing out amongst the meek.

The Croatian international left-back has gone through a rollercoaster stint at Ibrox and after last season’s 3-0 Parkhead humbling it looked the 29-year-old would genuinely need counselling.

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Rangers then lost their number one left-sided defender to a crisis of confidence – and not for the first time – with a shaky Barisic even tipped for the exit door this summer.

But amid a downturn in form at Rangers, a plethora of first-team injuries and an increasing disillusionment with the playing and management staff, it’s the Croatian defender who has been a real stand-out.

Borna Barisic earning Rangers redemption

Even in the 4-0 drubbing at Celtic Park, Borna Barisic was just about the only Rangers player you could put forward for pass marks.

The defender might be regularly criticised for playing too many safe passes, but as we’ve begin to see this is a feature of Borna’s play which probably stems from the manager.

But when the Croatian got in the position at Celtic Park he twice whipped expert balls into the box for his flailing teammates to miss out.

Against Ajax, Borna also really should’ve got his name on the scoresheet with a fine right-foot curled finish with the club 3-0 down only for Ryan Kent to somehow be ruled offside from a raking John Lundstram pass.

Ryan Jack would then surrender a fourth goal to Steven Bergwijn with the pressure now mounting on this team and management to get things right following two unacceptable results and performances.

But if there is one player who deserves credit it’s Borna Barisic, the defender normally amongst the most headless and rather remarkably, now appearing amongst the most assured at Rangers.

Meanwhile, there’s 250 million reasons why Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s post-match Rangers comments are a slap in the face to supporters.

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