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.
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.
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.
Borna Barisic à été titulaire pour la victoire (2-1) de la Croatie 🇭🇷 face au Pays de Galles 🏴. L'arrière gauche à joué le match en entier. pic.twitter.com/a0wXuC3XjN
— Glasgow Rangers_fr (@Rangers_fr) June 8, 2019
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.
Barisic for Croatia showing why we bought him, composed and classy on the ball and strong in the tackle. One difference though he’s not being asked to get forward which is a must the way we set up #CROWAL @RangersFC #Rangers
— Gazborangers (@gazborangers) June 8, 2019
Given time he'll be good, I like him we should try and persevere
— Wiiilllsooooon (@ScottWi1son) June 8, 2019
I think hes shown he can get forward. He's a player we really need to give a chance (uninjured) next season. He's a player, thats not in doubt. Fans could be doing with getting off hic back though. Not every player settles into a new country straight away.
— J1mb0w (@j1mboW) June 8, 2019
Well in Borna, stay fit and kick on next year 👍🔵⚪️🔴
— Scott Nicol (@NicolScott23) June 8, 2019
He did well
— Liam 456 (@456_liam) June 8, 2019
Borna Barisić ✅
Glen Kamara ✅ https://t.co/NiynjlvMZs
— Isaías IV 🏴 (@IACG_IV) June 8, 2019
Borna Barisic > Andy Robertson
— Jason J (@judgie17) June 8, 2019
why is rangers left back borna barisic dealing with gareth bale better than he deals with a 35 year old kilmarnock winger ffs
— ²⁰ (@BernardoRoIe) June 8, 2019
— Conroy (@Conroy24948717) June 8, 2019