Back in April, it was being reported that Steven Gerrard was furious with three of his first-team players at Rangers.
As reported by the Scottish Sun, the Rangers boss was fuming with the level of performance put in by Eros Grezda, Kyle Lafferty and Borna Barisic in a training ground friendly against Liverpool’s under-23s.
It looked as though all three were set for an Ibrox exit.
Grezda has not played since whilst Lafferty had his contract terminated in July but Barisic turned things around. The Croatian fought his way back into Gerrard’s plans in Glasgow and is now a regular in the first-team.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Barisic admits that he wanted to leave Ibrox earlier this year but is pleased to have found his way back into the fold.
“Did I think about leaving here last year? Yes, I have to be honest, around February or March I thought Rangers and Scotland wasn’t for me.
“It was a hard time for me but that is normal when you get injuries. You start to think that maybe it’s too much.
“But I listened to the gaffer and kept working. I knew I could do better and I’m in a good place now.”
It certainly seemed as though the writing was on the wall for Barisic at Rangers. Injuries played their part but most of all it appeared he had fallen foul of Gerrard.
But Barisic has worked hard to prove himself to the Rangers boss and the end result is a top international left-back being at Ibrox.
He and the manager deserve plenty of credit.