Rangers full-back Borna Barisic has earned a call-up to the Croatian national team for the upcoming international break after previously being warned regarding “competition” in his position.

Borna, 28, is part of a competitive left-back berth in the Balkans nation’s squad and the country faces a pivotal World Cup double-header against Malta and Russia.

With Stuttgart left-back Borna Sosa and RB Leipzig full-back Josko Gvardiol also in the squad Borna faces a challenge to break into the starting XI.

It’s something Zlatko Dalic has touched on in the last international break and the manager claims the standard of the German Bundesliga against the Scottish Premiership is a factor in his thinking.

“I am happy with the growing number of young players who are coming and the growing competition. Borna is here and in competition,” said Dalic [Daily Record].

 

“The competition is very strong, there are players who play in the Bundesliga and stronger clubs.

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“I would like the situation to open up for him, but competition is very strong, but Borna is also in the mix. Whoever I put, I will not go wrong.”

Croatia spot at Qatar 2022 World Cup still up in the air

A spot at the Qatar World Cup 2022 is up for grabs with Croatia’s Group H spot likely to come to the final day against Russia in Split.

Only the group winners will qualify automatically for the tournament with the second place entering a playoff with the other runners up in the qualification groups.

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Rangers star Borna Barisic has 23 caps and one goal for Croatia and has earned a call-up to the side for their remaining World Cup Qualifiers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Russia currently sit two points clear of Croatia in the group and with the Croats facing minnows Malta (A) and Russia facing Cyprus (H) that’s likely to remain the case on the final day.

It’s set up to be a belter of a match and let’s hope that Borna can help guide the Croatians to next winter’s tournament in the middle East.

Meanwhile, Rangers are reportedly in negotiations with a leading national FA to hold off calling up their players to the national team duty until later in the year.

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