Alex Rae has picked out Rangers defender Borna Barisic for his quality and believes he’s taken his game up to the next level.
The left-back had a mixed first year at Ibrox last season, as he adjusted to his new surroundings at football and looked to cement his spot in the XI.
He’s now established himself at full-back and is also a regular starter for his national team Croatia.
The 27-year-old has been in excellent form so far this campaign for the Gers, where he’s proven to be a major attacking threat.
Barisic has already weighed in with two goals and 10 assists in just 21 games across all competitions so far this season for Rangers.
Ex-Rangers midfielder Rae had to pick his best players in Scottish football at present and named Barisic as the 10th best in the country.
“I seen a player with quality last year but not often enough consistency,” Rae told the Daily Record.
“I think now you’re actually seeing a guy who’s taken his game to the level we believed when he was first coming into the club. I think him bombing up and down that full-back area gives him the balance they look for.”
Barisic is a player that has grown massively at Ibrox during the last year and he’s now an established part of the team’s backline.
It makes such a difference to Gerrard’s side to have such creative full-backs, with Barisic and James Tavernier both offering so much down the wing.
Barisic has certainly tightened up defensively to look more assured with his back to goal, while going forward he’s great from set-pieces and has a dangerous left foot.