Rangers manager Steven Gerrard lavished praise on left-back Borna Barisic after his performance in the 1-0 win against Feyenoord yesterday evening.
The Croatian has been in and out of the side during the last twelve months, but he was given his chance in the Europa League group stage match last night and came out with a lot of credit by helping the Gers keep a clean sheet.
Gerrard was very complimentary about Barisic and is hoping that the 26-year-old kicks on from here and performs as well in upcoming fixtures:
“He is a top player. We brought Borna in here for a reason because we feel he can contribute a lot from left-back.”
“I thought his performance was outstanding last night and that performance should give him a lot of belief and confidence to build on that but Borna is very highly respected in the staff and the dressing room.”
“Other people have obviously got opinions on him but we don’t take much notice of that. We just worry about what we see and the belief we have got in the player and it’s certainly there.”
It must be said that Gerrard hasn’t always trusted the fullback since his £2.2m arrival for NK Osijek last summer. Both Andy Halliday and Jon Flanagan have been selected ahead of him despite neither being a natural left-back.
Barisic has certainly begun to establish himself at international level, having started the last two internationals for Croatia, and he will be hoping he is done enough to convince Gerrard of a lengthy run in the first team for his club.