Steven Gerrard last night revealed that both Ryan Kent and Borna Barisic are nearing returns to the Rangers first team.

Gerrard said: “The international break has come at a good time for Ryan Kent.

“He’s probably now a couple of weeks away, he’s progressing well.

“Borna is very close, he’ll be back in the squad in the next two or three games.”

Borna Barisic set up Rangers equaliser against Villarreal. (Photo by Sergio Lopez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

And whilst the return of Kent is exciting in the final third, Rangers have options on that side of the pitch.

It’s the return of Barisic which can really have an impact for the Ibrox side. Without him, left back has been a real problem position.

Flanagan has toiled, Halliday has been an able deputy. It was a hard choice for Gerrard. But the return of the Croatian international Borna Barisic can really spark a title race.

Borna Barisic still to get a real run in this Rangers side

Rangers didn’t wait about in snapping up the Croatian international. Overawed and outgunned at Ibrox with NK Osijek, the wing back didn’t wait to sign up either.

Singing for a reported £2.2m fee, on paper it looked a snip for a club captain and international for World Cup finalists Croatia. He’s on a four year deal too.

Borna Barisic also has four caps for Croatia. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

But injuries have disrupted him settling. In his seven appearances, he’s looked very impressive. He’s laid on four assists and looks like he’ll offer real balance to James Tavernier’s effectiveness on the right.

The wingback hasn’t played due a knee problem picked up during the disappointment at Livingston in September.

At least whilst he’s been off the field, he has had the chance to settle in the country. It’s always hard to come in to a new environment and hit the ground running straight away.

With the focus now firmly on the football, the highly rated Croatian’s return could help spark a title race.

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