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Steven Gerrard praises Rangers defender Borna Barisic for European performance

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Steven Gerrard praises Rangers defender Borna Barisic for European performance

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard praises defender Borna Barisic for his second-half display on Thursday in the 2-2 draw against Feyenoord.

The Light Blues earned a point in Holland during their Europa League group stage fixture and had to recover from a poor first-half performance.

The Scottish giants were 1-0 down at half-time after struggling to make an impact, but star man Alfredo Morelos netted two second-half headers to turn the game on its head.

Hosts Feyenoord did equalise through Luis Sinisterra and the teams couldn’t be separated on the night.

Rangers sit top of their group going into the final match and need to avoid defeat at home to Young Boys to progress to the knockout rounds of the European competition.

 

Gerrard explained post-match that he was impressed by left-back Barisic after his showing in the second-half, as the team managed to raise their game after the break.

“I think along with a lot of the players tonight, excellent second-half,” Gerrard responded when asked about Barisic’s performance, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

“Really good second-half. Again provides that moment of quality that eventually gets us an important point. Very pleased with his second-half showing.”

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TBR’s View:

Rangers were sloppy in the first-half and it looked like they were threatening to throw away such a positive European campaign, but fortunately they have a top-class striker Morelos leading the line.

His first header was from a great Ryan Kent cross, while the second was arguably even more impressive when latching onto a cross from Barisic.

Croatia international Barisic has become such a vital player at Ibrox under Gerrard and showed his quality with a left-footed cross against Feyenoord into the box.

He is an attack-minded full-back with nine assists in 19 games across all competitions this season, with four of them coming in the Europa League group stages alone.

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