Rangers manager Steven Gerrard hailed defender Borna Barisic following his performance on Thursday night in the Europa League.
The 26-year-old full-back helped the Gers record an eye-catching 1-0 victory over Dutch side Feyenoord, which sets them up nicely in their group.
Gerrard’s team started their group with maximum points, as Sheyi Ojo unleashed a thunderbolt in the first-half at Ibrox.
The Light Blues can be thrilled by their starts, but there is a long way to go in a group that also contains Porto and Young Boys.
Gerrard has singled out Barisic for special credit after his European display and believe he handled to occasions extremely well.
The Croatia international was defensively sound at left-back and handled key threat Steven Berghuis strongly, while he tried to get involved too in attacks when he bombed forward.
“Borna was outstanding last night, he is the Croatian left-back and he is used to these high-pressure games. He is very highly respected by the staff and in the dressing room,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
Barisic is still trying to cement his spot in the Rangers XI, but he certainly did himself no harm with his latest performance.
He turned in one of his most polished performances for the Scottish giants and proved he can be a real asset to the team.
The Croatian needs to try make the starting position his own and nudge rival teammates Andy Halliday and Jon Flanagan to one side.
Barisic managed to replicate his international form in midweek for Rangers and he will surely get more minutes if that continues.
The attack-minded full-back has played six times across all competitions so far this campaign, but the best is yet to come from him still.