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.
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.
🎙️SG: Just the suspensions we have to deal with, everyone else is fit and available for Hearts.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 19, 2019
Barisic had clearly recovered from his latest hamstring problem, while Grezda has been fit since before last month’s international break.
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.
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.