Rangers full-back Borna Barisic has claimed his improvements this season have come down to a shift in his own mentality at Ibrox.
The flying left-back struggled in his first season at Rangers and was even touted by many to be moved on in the summer.
But Barisic has now made that left-hand side his own and is flourishing after a run of games. What’s more, he believes the best is yet to come.
“I told a lot of time in the last two, three months that it’s changed a lot for me,” said Barisic [RangersTV].
“This all started from pre-season. I came to Portugal and had a pre-season with the team and I think that’s very important for me.
“I figure out how the mentality is here. There is no easy game, there is no game that you don’t have to win.
“A lot of things have changed and I’m very happy.
“It’s very important that I play all the time, but to play all the time you need to be prepared for that not only physically, even mentally.
“I always can do better, I will never say that this is the best of me because I think that every day I can improve a lot of things in my football.
“I think even better will come.”
Having now cemented himself as the number one left full-back for both club and country, the Croatian has seen his game go to another level this season.
Not just in terms of his reliability defensively, but also in terms of his contribution in the final third of the pitch.
Barisic has gone from a timid figure on the fringes of the Rangers squad to someone who’s supplied 10 assists so far this season.
Six of them have been for Alfredo Morelos, alongside whom the full-back has been recognised for his form by the UEFA Europa League [UEFA].