On Saturday afternoon, Borna Barisic turned out for Croatia against Wales.

It’s becoming clear that the left-back is a favourite of national team manager, Zlatko Dalic. That’s quite the accolade too, considering the 52-year-old steered Croatia to the World Cup final last summer.

Dalic has identified Barisic as his first choice left-back. (Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images)

It was an ultimately disappointing first season for Barisic in Glasgow. Injuries played a major part in that, ensuring he spent long spells out of the team. When he did get a rare start in the final game of the season at Kilmarnock, he was at fault for both the opposition’s goals.

However, club form seems a distant memory when he heads off on international duty.

Back in March, he started Euro 2020 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Hungary. He scored in the former and looked every inch an international player.

The full-back marauds down the flank against Hungary. (Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images)

It was more of the same back on his old stomping ground of Osijek on Saturday. While Wales rallied late on, he was part of a defence that kept Gareth Bale at bay. In fact, the Real Madrid superstar barely had a sighting at goal throughout the game.

He also demonstrated a willingness to get forward to support his winger, Ivan Perisic. In his first few weeks at Ibrox, it looked like he would offer a major attacking threat, but across the season that side of his game fell away considerably.

Unsurprisingly, then, Rangers fans and some neutrals were impressed by what they saw in this latest international display. Here is a selection of reactions with some clearly feeling that the £2 million signing’s [The Scotsman] quality is finally shining through.

 

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