Rangers star Borna Barisic looks set to be Croatia’s first-choice left-back for Euro 2020 after making a perfectly timed injury comeback for a friendly on Tuesday.
Barisic showed remarkable durability and commitment to the Gers over the course of the recently completed season, turning out 50 times across all competitions.
He missed the final two Premiership fixtures against Livingston and Aberdeen, though, due to a muscle injury.
The timing of the injury may have concerned some, with the Euros looming.
However, he’s back fit just in time for his first major tournament and played the full 90 minutes of a friendly in Velika Gorica on Tuesday evening.
The Gers star lined up alongside high-quality players such as Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic, but the hosts didn’t do enough to win the game.
Perisic opened the scoring in the 24th minute with a header but substitute Wbeymar Angulo equalised for Armenia with a fine strike with 18 minutes remaining.
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is unlikely to be too concerned about the result, as this was very much a warm-up exercise during which he made six substitutions.
Barisic was given the full game to get back into the swing of things, though, and he’ll likely be thankful for the playing time.
Croatia have one remaining friendly against Belgium in Brussels on Sunday, before they kick off their Euro 2020 campaign with a big clash against England at Wembley on 13 June.
In other news, Rangers have received a big boost regarding a 16-goal speedster.