Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has provided a positive update on key player Borna Barisic after he was subbed off during Wednesday night’s 2-0 win over St Johnstone.
After a tough start to life at Ibrox, Barisic has been a key player for several seasons and has racked up 21 appearances across all competitions so far this campaign.
He’s one of only two left-backs in the Rangers first-team squad and with the other, Calvin Bassey, currently filling in at centre-back amid injury problems in that area, fans were concerned when the Croatia international was subbed off in clear discomfort in the 79th minute.
He did appear to be signalling to the crowd that it was nothing too serious, though, and van Bronckhorst explained after the game that the 29-year-old was simply feeling under the weather.
Manager says Borna was feeling ill prematch so was taken off as a precaution. No injury. 💙
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There’s a chance that Borna still won’t be 100% fit by the time Dundee United travel to Ibrox on Saturday, but it looks like the Gers boss is confident he’ll still be available.
If he does have to miss one match, the manager has a few options.
He could deploy Nathan Patterson at left-back or shift Calvin Bassey across and bring Jack Simpson in from the cold to partner Connor Goldson at centre-back.
The key is, though, that Barisic hasn’t picked up a significant injury that would render him doubtful for big post-Christmas fixtures against Aberdeen and Celtic.