As if the aftermath of Rangers stumbling draw against Aberdeen wasn’t bad enough, the news that Borna Barisic is a doubt for the weekend’s Betfred Cup Final is a major blow.
The Croatian full-back has been on immense form this season for Rangers and has developed into a key player under Steven Gerrard.
But the club could be without their flying left full-back for what is undoubtedly the biggest game of the season so far.
Jon Flanagan deputised for the full-back up in Aberdeen last night and proved that he is someways away from suitably filling the gap left by the Croatian.
Rangers actually don’t have anyone with the effectiveness of Barisic down that side and his absence from Sunday’s match would be a considerable worry.
The attacking wing-back has laid on 10 assists this season and his delivery is one of the key weapons in Steven Gerrard’s arsenal.
The club’s supporters have taken to Twitter to express their fears over the Croatian’s potential absence, and discuss who should replace him.
If barisic isn't fit for Sunday Halliday must start
— Ross Thomson (@RossThomson12) December 5, 2019
If Barisic does not make it I would 100% play Haliday
So easy to play against us way Flannigan at LB – show us the space on the left & be ready for him to play it inside at every opportunity. https://t.co/1Y2vpjWFUA
— Thomas (@0408thomas) December 5, 2019
If Barisic isn’t fit for Sunday are we really going to play that same back four again?
— FF (@Follow_Follow_) December 5, 2019
We can’t go into Sunday without Barisic. Flanagans inability to go past the half way line without turning back and playing it to our cbs gives me the fear.
— aaron. (@RoseGardenNfse) December 5, 2019
Need barisic fit big time for sun.
— Darren (@bluesbrother76) December 5, 2019
Be a massive miss if Barisic doesn’t make it on Sunday. Flanagan or Halliday would be a disaster in a game of that magnitude.
— BMC Rangers Rants (@BMCRangersRants) December 5, 2019
Surely rangers have a left back in the reserves who could play when barisic is out our youngsters deserve a chance they are ripping apart teams c'mon the rangers watp 🔴⚪🔵👍 pic.twitter.com/FlvFem1S3C
— true blue 1970 (@wullielittle) December 5, 2019
Unless we have our strongest eleven I now fear the worst. Barisic needs to play. Personally don’t want to see Flanagan again, he offers very little other than the odd crunching tackle.
— Amsterdammer 1872 (@arthur_mac74) December 5, 2019
Gonna miss Barisic on Sunday as well. Absolute fear if Flanagan plays
— ᒪᎥᗩᗰ (@LiamWATP) December 4, 2019
Just how big a miss would Borna Barisic be ahead of the Betfred Cup Final at Hampden?