The issue at left-back is perhaps the most well-documented of all Rangers’ positional worries.

All over the pitch, there are options, usually at least two of high quality, and we have the most robust and capable squad in years.

But at left-back, despite having three players there, we look considerably weak.

Borna Barisic is still struggling to leave a proper impression in this Gers side. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Jon Flanagan – for all his bite and commitment – is a right-back. He can be exposed by better players in this position and we need a left-footer to offer balance.

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The same can be said of Andy Halliday. The former Middlesbrough and Bradford man is a natural midfielder – albeit a left-footer – and has even played on the wing.

To his credit, you get the feeling that Andy doesn’t care where he’s asked to play for Rangers.

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But if we’re serious about making an impact in Scotland and beyond there is a real argument that we need greater quality.

Borna Barisic, whose future remains teetering in the balance after exclusion from Sunday’s Hibs squad, is a real enigma.

 

A player who continues to defy his international stature and someone who looks a fraction of the battle-hardy committed full-back we saw against Osijek.

There’s been unofficial talk of us potentially looking at Kilmarnock’s Greg Taylor, but it’s a nailed-on certainty we’d have to shift Barisic first in order to make way for him.

Killie and Scotland left-back Greg Taylor is a name which has been mentioned by Rangers fans. Celtic are reportedly looking at the player. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The reality is this:

If we continue to offer Barisic chances and he fails to take them it’ll be Christmas before you know it and we’ll have the same dilemma.

So the question is:

Should Rangers cut their losses on Barisic – working on the assumption that we can’t get the same price we paid for him – and look to invest it elsewhere, Taylor or otherwise?

Time is running out to make that decision.

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