Rangers defender Borna Barisic has a “long way to go” to impress at Ibrox after struggling to get to grips with Scottish football since his move last summer, according to ex-Rangers star Alex Rae.

The Croatian international returned to the side for today’s Scottish Premiership clash with St. Mirren to make his first start since to opening league game at Kilmarnock and scored a fantastic free-kick for the Gers.

PAISLEY, SCOTLAND - JULY 30: Alex Rae Manager of St Mirren during the BETFRED Cup Group Stage between St Mirren and Edinburgh City at St Mirren Park on July 30, 2016 in Paisley, Scotland.

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Rae thinks the defender struggled at Rugby Park against Kilmarnock but believes he’s being “given an opportunity” to prove his doubters wrong this season.

“I watched him down at Kilmarnock the other week and he struggled,” Rae said during BT Sports’ coverage of the clash with St. Mirren (Daily Record).

“He’s been given an opportunity this campaign, after failing to hit the heights last season, I think he’s got a long way to go to impress everyone at Rangers.

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“Barisic is struggling to keep up to speed.”

Despite his poor form for Rangers, Barisic continues to retain his place in the Croatia squad and it’s clear there is a player in there.

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard gives instruction to Borna Barisic during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Livingston on September 30, 2018 in Livingston, Scotland.

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Rangers need to figure out why they can’t get it out of him or make a decision to sell him because there’s no point in letting it drag on too much longer.

Constantly rotating between three left-backs isn’t helpful so there needs to be a decision made – and with only a week left in the transfer window then it needs to come soon.

 

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