Rangers defender Borna Barisic has admitted he considered leaving the club during his first season, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
The Gers signed Barisic from Croatian side NK Osijek for a reported £2.2 million in August 2018 [BBC Sport].
Yet, despite high hopes after his first couple of outings, he endured a difficult 2018/19 campaign, struggling with injuries and poor form.
He admits that caused him to question whether or not he would be better off elsewhere, but ultimately, he opted to stay, transforming his fortunes in recent months.
“To be honest, I did think about leaving Rangers,” admitted Barisic, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “It was the second half of last season around February, March.”
“It was a hard time for me. I had a few injuries and I couldn’t really settle down. That is normal when you keep getting injuries, you start to think maybe it is too much.
“My mindset was different back then as well and I now feel I have the mentality that is needed to be a Rangers player.
“In the summer, I thought of everything and I decided I wanted to come back and be a success at Rangers.”
At certain points of last season, if you had polled the Rangers supporters on the prospect of getting Barisic’s transfer fee back and moving him on, plenty would’ve backed it.
While there was clearly quality there, evidenced by his international involvement with Croatia, he looked too brittle and lacking in the grit required to play top-flight football in Scotland.
After his recent exploits, though, you’d now be hard-pressed to find a fan who isn’t delighted he decided to stick it out.
Barisic has started 13 games on the trot for the Gers, barely putting a foot wrong since the win over Feyenoord in September. Over that time, he’s shown defensive solidity, fantastic crossing ability, prowess from set-pieces and newfound durability.
His involvement brings balance to Steven Gerrard’s side that was previously lacking, and his story is a perfect example of why players shouldn’t be written off if they endure a poor start at a new club.