Rangers ran out 4-0 winners against St Johnstone on Sunday afternoon, to take their record to played six, won five in the Scottish Premiership.

Alfredo Morelos, Connor Goldson and Jermain Defoe (2) got themselves on the scoresheet.

Jermain Defoe came off the bench to net a late brace. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, it wasn’t just the goalscorers who impressed.

Ryan Jack was supreme once again in midfield, coming joint top of our player ratings. Meanwhile, Borna Barisic stepped up to the plate once more at left-back.

The player struggled during his first season at Ibrox having been signed by Steven Gerrard from Osijek, and was regularly criticised by Gers fans for his poor displays.

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However, he excelled against Feyenoord in the Europa League last Thursday night, and his confidence is now clearly back to where it needs to be.

Like most of his teammates, he had a quiet enough first half at McDiarmid Park. St Johnstone offered little attacking threat down his side, so he wasn’t taxed defensively and he was tidy in possession, without pulling up any trees.

In the second half, though, he really shifted things up a notch. The Croatian international tackled hard (something not always associated with his time in a Rangers shirt) and covered back effectively whenever the Saints looked to break. Positionally, he seems much improved.

Barisic pays close attention to Steven Berghuis of Feyenoord during the recent Europa League win. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The second 45 minutes was all about being on the front foot and playing with intensity though, and Barisic once again impressed with his contributions in attack. Much more assured on the ball than in weeks gone by, he linked up well down the left and sent in several fizzing crosses.

He can count himself rather unfortunate not to have grabbed an assist. Yet, the important thing was that he was offering a viable threat, meaning all Rangers’ attacks weren’t just coming down the right through James Tavernier.

It was an impressive all-round display and surely the left-back spot is now his to lose.

Rangers supporters rave about Barisic

A controversial figure amongst the Gers fanbase, the left-back tends to get people talking every time he plays. This time, unsurprisingly, he was lavished with praise.

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:

 

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