Steven Gerrard has challenged Albanian winger Eros Grezda to prove he has what it takes to make it at the Ibrox club.
As quoted in the Scottish Sun, Gerrard also demanded both Grezda and Barisic toughen up for the run-in.
It’s been tough so far for Eros Grezda. The Albanian international joined the club from NK Osijek for a reported £2m fee back in the Summer. An ideal replacement for Josh Windass, talk from Albanian media had suggested we’d got a top talent at a snip.
But injuries have hampered him settling into the game. As has an inability to cope with the physicality of the league. Gerrard has called on the winger to step up in the second half of the season.
“Grezda has got it all to prove,” explains Gerrard. “He needs to push himself to prove to everyone he’s capable of being a Rangers player.
“He has to show to us in the coming weeks that he wants to win a shirt back and when he gets his opportunity take it and find consistency.”
Eros Grezda must take opportunity when it comes
Not that getting that opportunity is going to be easy. Gerrard also revealed that the players who played against Celtic have the first team shirts, and anyone who wants one will need to wrestle it off them.
The Sun report also cools fears that Grezda had picked up a serious injury. The winger was pictured with a protective boot at Rangers’ Tenerife training camp earlier in the week. They described the injury as a “minor foot injury”.
On the need for both Grezda and Barisic to beef up and contend with the game here, Gerrard was honest. But he also called on them to take the winter break as an opportunity.
“This trip is almost like a reset button for both of them and need to use the next two weeks as a mini pre-season to get their bodies ready to cope with the physical demands of Scotland and the regular game schedule.”