We’re going to cover the fall out from last night’s dismal cup exit over the course of today, while trying to find reasons to be positive too. But we’re going to start with a grumpy piece and the continuing mediocrity that is Borna Barisic.
Having played the lion’s share of recent matches this calendar year, another feeble show last night v McInnes’ men has lost our patience with him. This guy just got called up to the Croatia national side and we can only now wonder how bad they are at left back for Barisic to be getting the nod – looking at his stats for the season and it’s certainly not the quality of an Arthur Numan, that’s for sure.
He has three assists in the league this entire season – all of them, incidentally in August last year, and hasn’t come close to a decent shot on target never mind a goal. For all the axe-grinding over his counterpart James Tavernier (more on that later) at least the captain gets goals and assists.
Barisic, is put simply, a complete failure in Rangers’ colours and we’re utterly bored with it now.
This is a player, signed for £2M, who spent half the season injured, or being a coward – either/or.
Fans allude to him being outstanding – we’ve never seen an ounce of it. Sorry. We do admit the lad has a left peg on him and a cross – but teams got wise to that months ago and started closing him down. He doesn’t beat a man, he doesn’t tackle much, and he sure as heck doesn’t create chances.
Sadly it leaves a big issue – Rangers have five left backs, and the truth is none of them are fit for purpose. As much as we respect Andy Halliday, he isn’t a natural LB (even though he’s a better bet than Barisic), and Lee Wallace is out. Lee Hodson is mince in that slot and Jon Flanagan even worse.
So unless Barisic has an amazing turnaround, which we’ve given up on, he’s not going to be the answer. He doesn’t suit our club, our league or even his manager.
If we can get shot of him this summer, we’d take that.