croatia coach insists barisic can become ‘important player’ for rangers

14:00    06 Jun 2019

Borna Barisic
Nenad Gracan, the manager of Croatia’s U-21 national team, insists that Borna Barisic can become an important player at Scottish Premiership giants Rangers.

Barisic was signed from NK Osijek in 2018 and made a bright start in Scotland’s top flight before injuries and a lack of form saw his maiden campaign at Ibrox end in disappointment.

The 26-year-old made just 15 Premiership appearances and especially struggled to break into the team in the latter part of the 2018/19 campaign.

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He did appear against Kilmarnock on the final day of the season, but his performance was slated by Rangers supporters.

Manager Gerrard also used Andy Halliday and Jon Flanagan in the left-back position during the season, but Gracan believes Barisic can get over the “unlucky issues” he’s suffered at the club and cement his place as a regular for ‘Gers.

“Of course I rate Barisic highly – he’s a player for our men’s senior team, and I think he has a lot of potential,” said Gracan, as quoted by The Herald.

“He’s had a mixed season, but I believe that’s mostly due to the fact that he’s also had some unlucky issues with injuries. I know he can be an important player for Rangers in the future.”

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