Rangers left-back Borna Barisic continues to play a key role for Croatia, but can Jon Flanagan’s prolonged absence through injury help the left-back bring that to the Rangers’ side?
Englishman Flanagan is routinely employed by Gerrard in Rangers’ biggest and most important matches.
But as we enter what could be one of the defining patches of the season, Rangers are set to be without Flanagan’s services for several weeks following a hernia operation.
⚽️ St Mirren 0 – 1 RANGERS
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That undoubtedly gives Borna Barisic a real run in the first team, with Andy Halliday the only other option in the position.
For a player who is such a consistent fixture for his national team, it continues to frustrate when Barisic doesn’t quite do himself justice at Rangers.
Barisic played the full 90 minutes as Croatia dumped Slovakia 4-0 in UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying.
Whilst we have only seen flashes of Barisic’s ability, there’s no doubt the Croatian is a player of quality and could be an asset if Gerrard can get it out of him consistently.
Barisic too must stand up better to the physical, frantic nature of the game in Scotland and adapt to the style of play in the Scottish Premiership.
One year on from when the player signed, you expect that he should be beginning to get it by now.
Going into the next few weeks, the player is set to get a consistent run in the first team for arguably the first time in his Rangers career.
The player keeps proving that he’s the number one left-back for Croatia, but can Barisic prove he should be the number one left-back for Rangers in the coming weeks too?