The media have turned their toxic attention to Borna Barisic after it was revealed the Croat superstar was removed at half time v Slovenia to ensure he didn’t get sent off in the second half.
Manager Zlatko Dalić explained the LB was on a yellow and that they didn’t want to lose him, so made a tactical change in a rather difficult night for the red and whites, as they went down 1-0.
But the media have portrayed this differently.
Indeed, one outlet went with the headline of the manager ‘criticising’ Barisic, and even went onto allege that the world class talent has been completely rubbish for Croatia, despite the fact his performances for his national side have earned him a first team slot.
There was also Rangers fans’ early frustration in 2018 that he wasn’t reproducing his wonderful international form for the Ibrox side, till of course, that fateful free kick in Paisley.
But to claim the defender has been poor for Croatia is simply a complete lie, or a misguided fantasy based on never having watched him.
He’s a regular crosses bomber for the NT just like he is for Rangers, and while he doesn’t have many assists or goals for his country, his contribution of peppering in balls from the left is just as key for Dalić’s side as it is for Stevie G’s:
Right, so what do you do? Exactly what Dalić decided at half time, and of course we know Barisic’s display v Cyprus was outstanding and a big part of Croatia’s win.
No, the media do like to make things up at times, and if you’re going to criticise a Rangers player, do it based on their genuinely playing poorly, rather than because you read they got an early booking.