Borna Barisic hasn’t exactly set the heather alight during his time in Scotland, but that doesn’t mean Rangers’ poor form is down to him. Entirely at least.
The Croatian left back has come in for stinging criticism from certain quarters for a perceived lack of commitment, quality and creativity. And whilst some of it might be merited, a lot of it is over the top.
Borna Barisic is out of form. But Rangers are too. Players aren’t doing enough across the pitch. Stop making him the scapegoat.
The thing that really grinds me about Barisic is the fact there is clearly a player there. He’s just taking much longer than anticipated to adapt to the rigours of the Scottish Premiership.
Barisic low on confidence and ideas
If the player is valued as one of two of Croatia’s top left backs, then he can’t be awful. Even if recently he’s looked intimidated, lost and a little bereft of ideas on the park. Despite that, he surprisingly won a call-up to his national side for the next round of international fixtures. The upcoming break might do him the world of good.
This is a player returning from disruptive injuries and someone who came very highly rated from Croatia. He certainly did enough to impress when Osijek played us earlier in the season.
The key here is to be patient. As fans must be with Gerrard too. The player also has to do more, but making him a scapegoat does little to help him or the side.
Borna Barisic might be on poor form and low on confidence, but the problem doesn’t rest solely at his feet. Even if they’re not doing enough with the ball at them.