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.
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.
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.
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:
Again Borna Barisic played well. . All these doubters ehh. . Time to start giving our players a chance. End of
— THEBIGBLUEDUCK (@bigblueduck01) September 22, 2019
Can we finally put the whole Barisic/Halliday/Flanagan argument to bed now. Borna has been great the past few games. Been saying all along he needed a run to show his worth.
— andrew gebbie (@andygebb) September 22, 2019
I thought Barisic had another good game today, hopefully this is the run in the team he needs and his confidence keeps on growing. Well in, Borna! 🤙🏻
— Kirsten (@kirsten93_) September 22, 2019
Borna Barisic is doing what I said he'd do. He's a terrific player and gonna be huge for us in coming weeks! I'm sure of it!!
— Steven Castle (@steviebronco1) September 22, 2019
Hard one to chose, Borna Barisic is quickly becoming the player we believed he could be. Morelos is my MOTM
— Aaron (@Aaron_RFC_1690) September 22, 2019
Superb result. Excellent 2nd half. Ryan Jack continues to grow into our 1st pick. Davis again played well.
Borna Barisic btw 👏👏👏
— Michael McGuire (@1MichaelMcGuire) September 22, 2019
A game of 2 halves. Tempo much improved 2nd half. Made all the difference. Steven Davis has been outstanding all game. Special mention to Borna Barisic. 👏🏻
— BMC Rangers Rants (@BMCRangersRants) September 22, 2019
Excellent 2nd half performance with Borna Barisic finally looking like he's making the left back position his own
— Rangers Memorabilia (@RangersMemorab1) September 22, 2019
Love watching Borna Barišić recovers the ball so well, adds so much going forward also. Really calm on the ball playing out from the back.
— Josh Bunting (@Buntingfootball) September 22, 2019
I cany stress this enough lads but it is so good to finally have World Cup finalists Croatia’s number 1 left back Borna Barisic hitting form x
— sunshinekid (@sunshinekid10) September 22, 2019