Borna Barisic sparkled for Rangers last season as he finally began to show why Steven Gerrard brought him to the club in the summer of 2018 – and it appears Celtic are trying to repeat their rivals’ trick.
Barisic, 27, joined Rangers from Croatian side NK Osijek for a bargain fee of just £2.2million in 2018 – after facing the set-piece specialist in the Europa League qualifying rounds. He endured a difficult first season.
But in his second campaign, he starred. Clocking up 39 appearances, Barisic netted two goals but laid on a whopping 14 assists as he made the left-back slot his own. Celtic, meanwhile, are crying out for a left-back as good as Barisic.
Kieran Tierney’s departure last summer is yet to be solved. Boli Bolingoli has tried and failed, while Jonny Hayes has left the club. Greg Taylor started against Hamilton, but there are question marks still to be had.
🇭🇷 | David Čolina
Celtic are reportedly keen on bringing in David Čolina from Hajduk Split.
The Left-Back is highly thought of in his homeland and the Croatian side have set a price of £2.7M to allow the 20 year old to leave the Stadion Poljud. pic.twitter.com/ivBJcl417e
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But the latest reports suggest Celtic could be looking to mirror Rangers and bring in the next Barisic. Indeed, Croatian outlet Index claim Celtic have tabled an offer worth £2.7million for Hajduk Split ace David Colina.
Still only 20 years of age, Colina is a Croatia under-21 international – whereas Barisic is his country’s first choice. The Hoops have been told to double their offer for Colina, who only moved to Hajduk from Monaco last summer.
But Colina is showing enormous promise and has sparkled in his first campaign for Hajduk. Excellent when it comes to delivery, Colina has also shown he is defensively solid like £22million-rated (90Min) Barisic.
Similarly to Rangers, then, Celtic could look to raid the Croatian league for a left-back – one that could soon be Barisic’s back-up in the national side if he continues to impress with the Under-21’s and Hajduk.
Celtic 'make bid' for Hajduk Split star David colina for 2.7 million 💚🤍🧡 pic.twitter.com/4lcEifdDNj
— 🟢⚪️🟡CELTIC FC RUMOURS🟢⚪️🟡 (@rumours_celtic) August 3, 2020