How Barisic signing could affect Flanagan and Tavernier positions
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How Barisic signing could affect Flanagan and Tavernier positions

Rangers have officially signed Borna Barisic from NK Osijek after the full-back impressed overthe two Europa League qualifying games between the sides.

Official confirmation has finally arrived after the player underwent his medical at Ibrox, and it means Steven Gerrard has secured his 11th summer signing.

(L-R), Steven Bergwijn of PSV, Borna Barisic of NK Osijek during the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg match between PSV Eindhoven and Osijek at Philips Stadium, on July 27, 2017 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Barisic, a full Croatian international, had been with current club Osijek since 2016 after moving there from Dinamo Zagreb, but has now completed his move to the Scottish giants on a four-year deal, as reported by BBC Sport.

It will be interesting to see how his capture will affect the makeup of the team going forwards. Barisic was impressive against the Gers recently for Osijek, and one has to assume that he will be chosen as the starting left-back by Gerrard.

during the cottish Premier League match between Celtic adn Rangers at Celtic Park on April 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

That could mean Jon Flanagan may drop to the bench, but that is difficult to envisage with Gerrard a big fan of the former Liverpool man.

What could happen is Gerrard shifts Flanagan back to right-back where he is much more comfortable, and James Tavernier plays in a more advanced right midfield role.

The captain is highly unlikely to be dropped by Gerrard, so if he’s keen to keep Flanagan in the side then it might be the only option for him to play Tavernier further forward – which wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JULY 12: Steven Gerrard manager of Rangers looks on during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

The 26-year-old has excellent delivery and is also pretty handy in one-on-one situations, meaning he could actually be pretty well suited to playing in a more advanced role. It’s certainly something for Gerrard to experiement with on the training ground.

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