Rangers manager Steven Gerrard confirmed that Borna Barisic was back in full training after an injury scare on international duty – and having the Croatian available for tomorrow’s clash with Dundee United will be a big boost for the Gers.
There was concern Barisic could miss tomorrow’s game but after Gerrard gave an update on his fitness, it looks as though he should take his usual place in the starting XI.
Barisic has been one of Rangers’ best performers over the last 18 months and his absence tomorrow would have been a massive blow to the Gers, both in attack and in defence.
Had he missed out, Calvin Bassey would have been in line to replace him but with the Englishman lacking any real first-team experience, it would have been a big gamble to throw him in.
The former Leicester City youngster needs more game time before he can come in and deputise for Barisic so the Croatian getting the all-clear is a big positive.
Barisic’s influence in attack is a massive part of how the Light Blues play and he also offers a real threat from set-pieces with his free-kicks and crossing.
With a Europa League clash against Lincoln Red Imps next week, it could give Bassey a chance to get some minutes but Barisic is what Rangers need tomorrow.