Glasgow Rangers left-back Borna Barisic has been praised for his Ibrox exploits this season amid reports linking him with Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur.
According to a 90min report from earlier in March, Spurs will make a move for the £22million-rated Rangers ace at the end of the season as they look to bolster their defensive ranks.
Danny Rose is widely expected to make a permanent move away from Tottenham this summer and Jan Vertonghen’s future at Spurs is also uncertain, so there could be need for a new left-footed defender.
Barisic struggled in his first season at Rangers and was even touted by some quarters to be moved on in the summer, but he has now made that left-hand side in Steven Gerrard’s team his own.
He has clocked up 39 appearances for the Ibrox side this term, scoring two goals and, crucially, contributing a huge 14 assists, according to Transfermarkt.
Barisic’s exploits for Rangers have led to former Rangers midfielder Alex Rae and former Celtic defender Mark Wilson naming him in their Scottish Premiership Teams of the Season so far.
Rae wrote in the Scottish Sun: “He performs at good level week-in, week-out and has terrific quality in the final third of the park.”
Wilson, meanwhile, said: “He’s the best left-back in country. He’s improved his defending and supplies assists and is a threat at set pieces.”
Barisic has come a long way since his difficult early days at Rangers, and for him to now be valued at £22million when he joined for a tenth of that in the summer of 2018 speaks volumes to how much he has improved.
A key member of Gerrard’s side and in double figures for Croatia caps, the 27-year-old is very much in the perfect position to make that next step in his career.
And playing for last season’s Champions League finalists, now managed by one of the most famous coaches in the world in Jose Mourinho, would certainly be a pretty big next step.