Rangers are closing in on making another summer signing as The Daily Record say that Borna Barisic may soon put pen to paper to seal a £2.2 million switch from Osijek, only weeks after he captained the Croatian side at Ibrox as they were eliminated from the Europa League in the qualifying stage.
Barasic just missed out on being part of Croatia’s World Cup squad as he fell at the final hurdle, being cut from the squad as it went from 32 men to 23 just before the finals, where his nation finished second.
Here are three reasons why he could be just what Steven Gerrard is looking for…
He resolves a problem
Left-back is the clear weak link in Steven Gerrard’s squad as he has experimented with several options playing in the role during pre-season and in Europa League qualifiers. For now, John Flanagan appears to have won the race but it is not his preferred position and a specialist in the position would be a welcome addition.
An international with years of experience in the role is just what the team needs in order to provide balance on the left side of defence and firm up the back line.
He’s desperate to play for the club
Speaking after visiting Ibrox with Osijek, Barisic couldn’t hide his awe at the atmosphere in Glasgow and seemed to be hinting at making a move already several weeks ago.
“The atmosphere was incredible and I was hugely impressed by Ibrox. I think when you watch it on TV, it doesn’t prepare you for what the noise is actually like. It was a real pleasure to play there. What fascinated me was the culture of the home fans to turn up in such huge numbers no matter who they are playing against. That would be weird for us, but quite normal in Scotland. Who would not like to play every week in such an atmosphere? I’d love to play at Ibrox in every game.”
Now, he may get the chance to do just that and make the stadium his home. With such desire to represent the club, it is just what Gerrard will be hoping for as he clearly hopes to instill passion and a will to win into the dressing room.
He’s a leader
Captain of Osijek at just 25-years-old, Barisic is a born leader and looks to lead by example in a similar way to Steven Gerrard by performing well rather than necessarily being the loudest player on the pitch.
Alongside big characters like Conor Goldson in defence, such a presence will be welcomed and will help the youngsters who may be lining up alongside him across the field.