As quoted by the Telegraph, Rangers star Borna Barisic has spoken about his close friendship with his teammate and compatriot Nikola Katic, after the two teamed up to down Celtic.

In the 56th minute of last weekend’s clash, the Gers left-back whipped in a corner and picked out his fellow defender, who promptly rose and powered a header beyond Fraser Forster.

Katic powers his header past the Celtic keeper. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The fact that the two are so in sync on the pitch is no coincidence, with the Croatians getting on well off the field, too.

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“Every day we are together and we share everything,” said Barisic, as quoted by the Telegraph. “I always speak with him and try to help him.”

“It’s very important to have a good friend when you’re in a different country. I’ve always said I’m very happy that he’s here and he’s happy because of me. We are far away from Croatia and it’s not easy in hard moments like he had for three months, when he wasn’t in the team.

 

“I’m always with him and last year when I was having hard times, he was supporting me.”

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Barisic has been outstanding ever since getting a run of games in September.
(Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Verdict

It’s great to hear Barisic open up on his friendship with Katic, a player who left the Croatian top flight to join Rangers at roughly the same time as he did.

Both players were brought in by Steven Gerrard with the intention of improving his side’s defence, and although they’ve each had their trials along the way, they’ve certainly done that.

Clearly, Barisic feels that both he and Katic have benefitted from having someone who speaks the same language to confide in, as they try to make their way in a foreign league.

Following the winter break, Katic will be hoping to retain his spot ahead of Filip Helander, so that he can continue his on-field partnership with Barisic, who has the left-back slot locked down.

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