Rangers star plays 90 minutes v global force as Ibrox exit talk continues to rumble
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Rangers star plays v World Champions as Ibrox exit links rumble

Rangers star Borna Barisic played 90 minutes against the World Champions France as he turns out for Croatia amid some conjecture regarding his future.

The ex-NK Osijek captain played the entire game as France were held 1-1 in Split in a UEFA Nations League Clash at Stadion Poljud.

Andrej Kramaric’s late penalty cancelled out Adrien Rabiot’s second half opener with Celtic rival Josip Juranovic also completing 90 minutes in the match.

The match also marked the 150th Croatia cap of legendary Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.

In total, Borna Barisic has made 26 caps for Croatia, scoring one goal.

Mixed reports surround Borna Barisic Rangers future

Rangers left-back Barisic is a player of undeniable quality when he is up to the task but often Borna goes through severe dips of form that last for extended periods of the season.

Couple this with questions over his mental and physical fragility at times, and it brings into question Barisic’s consistency at Rangers and his future as the number one left-back.

Calvin Bassey has been the club’s breakthrough player this season and the spot is now his to lose – provided the Nigerian international isn’t needed at centre-back – and Barisic may play second fiddle to Calvin next season.

Reports as we entered the summer suggested that Rangers were open to selling the player but these appeared to be quelled by a social media message from Barisic himself looking forward to next season.

However, those earlier reports were then backed up by claims in the Athletic that Rangers were considering a move for a left-back amid concerns over Barisic’s reliability.

Signing a left-back was said to be amongst four areas Rangers hope to improve in pre-season as the club weigh up the situation with Borna Barisic.

In the aftermath of these claims, Rangers have also been linked with a move for £5m-rated Stoke City defender Josh Tymon, who is being touted as a replacement.

But the fact that Borna Barisic – who was much improved in the latter moments of the campaign – has just turned out against France shows that there is still major quality there.

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The onus is quite simply on him for finding consistency and proving to Rangers that he can deliver for the club in the biggest moments on a regular basis.

Meanwhile, one now ex-Rangers player has said his goodbyes amid links to the likes of Premier League Leeds United.

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