Gerrard's Hearts selection suggests two Rangers players on borrowed time
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Gerrard's Hearts selection suggests two Rangers players on borrowed time

Saturday saw Rangers ease past Hearts at Tynecastle, making it four wins out of four against Craig Levein’s side this season.
However, there were two notable absentees from the Gers’ matchday squad.
Borna Barisic and Eros Grezda.
Both players arrived from Osijek last summer on four-year contracts [Sky Sports + BBC Sport], but haven’t made the impact many hoped for.

The full-back and winger previously played together in the Croatian top flight. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Barisic can’t seem to put a run of games together without picking up a problem. Meanwhile, Grezda has had injury issues of his own.
Yet, that wasn’t the reason for their omission on Saturday.
In the build-up to the game, Steven Gerrard reported a clean bill of health.


Barisic had clearly recovered from his latest hamstring problem, while Grezda has been fit since before last month’s international break.

Grezda featured for Albania against Turkey and Andorra last month. (Photo by GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images)

Therefore, the fact that they weren’t included in the 18 suggests they are currently well out of favour.
Andy Halliday and the untried Matt Polster earned a spot on the bench ahead of Barisic, while Grezda missed out to teenager, Glenn Middleton.

Could they be sold?

Some might say that with both players having three years remaining on their contracts, there’s no way either will leave the club in the summer.

Barisic impressed early on, but has struggled to find momentum across the season. (Photo by Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Yet, the manager has made it abundantly clear that
every player in the squad is playing for their Ibrox future.
What’s more, there is a precedent for the Gers shipping out recent arrivals, regardless of contract lengths. For example, Fabio Cardoso moved to Santa Clara in July, after fulfilling just a year of a three-year deal [BBC Sport].
Therefore, with just a handful of games left to turn their situation around, it’s entirely possible these two are in fact, on borrowed time.

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