Rangers left-back Borna Barisic says he’s in the best shape of his life and that hard work behind the scenes is to thank for his deadly accuracy from set-pieces, as quoted by Rangers FC Twitter.
The 27-year-old had a poor first season at Ibrox, throughout which he struggled with injuries as well as a lack of confidence.
He grew into the shirt during the 2019/20 campaign, though, and is now a key part of Steven Gerrard’s strongest XI.
Barisic has helped the Gers to keep clean sheets in their first three league matches this season whilst also proving effective at the top end of the pitch.
The Croatian international has recorded several assists already and scored a wonderful free-kick to break the deadlock against St Johnstone in midweek.
He puts his success down to a lot of graft.
“I am very happy with a good start to the season for me but even happier because of the team and the clean sheets with 9 points,” he said, as quoted by Rangers FC Twitter.
“I practice free-kicks a lot, almost every day at training I stay behind to practice and I am very happy to score.
“I try to improve at training every day, I started pre-season in the best shape of my life and worked very hard to help both me personally and the team.”
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Barisic was well off the pace during his first 12 months in Glasgow during which he looked poorly equipped to deal with the physicality of the Scottish game.
He’s since improved both physically and mentally and is clearly now relishing the pressure of playing for Rangers.
Barisic’s free-kick against St Johnstone followed up similarly impressive goals against St Mirren and Hamilton last season and his ability to get forward and cross with accuracy makes him a real threat in the final third.
The fan favourite’s primary job is to defend, though, and the back four have been doing so with aplomb during these opening weeks of the campaign.