Monday, 17 December 2018

A £2M solution to a four-player headache for Steven Gerrard

Yesterday’s win over Hamilton was hardly a vintage display of football in Govan, but it got the job done, and restored Rangers to the summit of Scottish football, albeit not on merit yet.

While there were a few little bits and bobs to take from the match, the growing confidence and stand out performance of Croatian Borna Barisic was certainly one of the positives we muster from it, along with the three points of course, and point to the international finally starting to deliver on his fee and reputation.

There’s no question he started slowly at Ibrox – showing flashes of his quality but not enough – we testified his crossing was excellent, maybe the best in the SPL, but his defending was some way off.

Well, his return to the starting XI in midweek was certainly a more impressive display from the ex-Osijek man, with a much more solid approach to defending plus a decent number of forays forward.

Well, he’s built on that, and yesterday’s outing, while not magical, showed again glimpses of his sublime delivery while continuing to build up his understanding of defending in this league.

He certainly enjoyed linking up with Eros Grezda as the Albanian and he combined several times, the attacker frequently putting the LB through.

And one sumptuous cross only just got cut out before it reached Arfield, but it was clear what Barisic had tried – and few players would have done so or got it as close with so little power.

In short, the boy’s left peg is dynamite – and it’s starting to do real damage.

He’s still got some settling to do – not quite 100% yet, but he’s defending better, getting forward more intelligently, and getting in some worldie crosses.

The days of Andy Halliday and Jon Flanagan (and Lee Wallace) at LB are surely a thing of the past now.

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