If Calvin Bassey’s sale has opened the door for the renaissance of one man in particular at Ibrox, it’s Croat forgotten man Borna Barisic.
The LB, formerly the toast of Rangers fans and at one point viewed as one of Britain’s best players in his position, has seen his stock utterly plummet and having lost his place at Ibrox to Calvin Bassey, a glut of players did the same for his national slot as well.
In short, Barisic suffered more than most the rise of Bassey and the change of tactics under Gio.
With Bassey’s exit, however, the Croat, who is still the right side of 30, has a second chance at Rangers.
When the lad is confident, on his game, and feels appreciated, he is world class. Yes, he really is. Those crosses are absolutely stunning, and he can certainly defend as well.
That defensive edge has been visible under Gio, whose alteration of Rangers’ system saw the Croat withdraw to a more defensive position, attacking less and crossing less as a result.
It also saw the rise of Bassey to becoming first choice LB/CB on that side.
Barisic’s reputation struggled badly, and of course his horror show at Parkhead killed his confidence while Rangers fans’ lack of support for him hardly helped.
He has been slowly clawing his old self back, and while he hadn’t completely restored Barisic 2.0, he was looking better for sure.
But Bassey’s exit leaves a hole at LB – we will need new bodies, yes, but secondly Barisic gets a shot at redemption.
We have a potentially world class Croatian left back, one with a CV proven to be capable – the guy was top in the UEL for assists for chief’s sake.
All he needs is a bit of support – Bassey’s exit is his second chance at Rangers.