Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has insisted that Borna Barisic is not for sale after the likes of Roma, Napoli and Leeds United were all linked with moves for the Croatian international.
The left-back has become an indispensable player for Gerrard’s side over the last year and it is little surprise the Gers boss has moved to shut down any suggestions he could leave.
Gerrard admitted that it is “difficult” to get quality in that position and pointed to Kieran Tierney’s transfer fee as evidence of it.
“We’re not surprised if there is any interest in Borna,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Of course we’re not because he has been a consistent performer for us for some time now and he has started the season so brightly again.
“But he has signed a long-term deal here, everyone loves him, the fans like him and he was in the running for Player of the Year.
“Left-backs are difficult to get. It’s the reason Arsenal paid so heavily for Kieran Tierney.
“It’s the reason why Jurgen Klopp has just had to spend £12million for another left-back when he already has one that’s worth whatever amount of money.
“They are difficult to get and we own one. He’s staying here. He’s not for sale.”
Barisic is under contract until 2024 after signing a long-term extension in January and is a hugely popular figure with Rangers fans.
The defender is one of the Gers’ most consistent performers and is vital for Gerrard’s side, both defensively and in attack, and he would be incredibly difficult to replace.
With how important he’s become for Rangers, it wouldn’t come as any surprise to see him in the running for Player of the Year again this season.