Rangers star Borna Barisic has been called up to the Croatia squad ahead of October’s internationals – and he could be asked to team up with Celtic rival Josip Juranovic.
The Ibrox left-back has been included alongside the former Legia Warsaw right-back – who joined Celtic in a £2.5m deal this summer – in the country’s squad for the World Cup Qualifiers.
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In the second international break in as many months, Croatia will face off against Cyrpus (A) and Slovakia (H).
As things stand, Barisic’s country sits top of World Cup Qualifying Group H on goal difference, tied on points with Russia on 13.
Both sides are four points ahead of Slovakia in 3rd with four games left to play with the current form of the sides suggesting this group will go right down to the wire.
With only one automatic qualification spot for the World Cup in Qatar 2022 up for grabs, the group promises to go right down to the wire.
Barisic – now 28 – will be determined to be part of the first team for the rest of qualification having suffered an injury during the nation’s jaunt to Euro 2020.
This came after Borna narrowly missed out on a place at Russia 2018.
Borna had been first-choice heading into the tournament but a niggling injury meant he was deposed for teenage full-back Josko Gvardiol for much of the championships.
Now with 22 caps to his name, the former NK Osijek captain will be hoping to add to these come the next international break in a fortnight’s time.
If he does so, Borna may well be lining up alongside Celtic star Juranovic to do so as the beaten Finalists from the last World Cup in Russia hope to make the next tournament.
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