Backwards Barisic. It all began at Parkhead in February, after Rangers’ Croat international had the most poignantly worst appearance of his Ibrox career, and did next-to-nothing aside passing the ball backwards.
Hence the Backwards Barisic was born.
He was seen vividly gesturing an ‘over the top’ movement to Ryan Kent v Liverpool, seemingly blaming him for not making the runs for the Croat to find, and in Borna’s defence he did actually make 5 of 6 long ball attempts.
So he wasn’t being wasteful when he did get the chances.
But the crowd at Ibrox got exasperated quickly with the left back, with his refusal to drive forward and always electing to go back to McGregor or inside back to Davies.
And there is the problem with him these days.
Ever since that horror show at Parkhead at the start of the year, Barisic has been deeply negative with his movement and passing.
For a fullback formerly coveted for his attacking prowess and flair with crossing, the 29-year old has become notorious for his soft centre, vulnerability and contrast to James Tavernier, whereby the captain always attempts the forward thrust to get the team going.
That night at Parkhead tainted Borna permanently, and he’s lost not only a lot of goodwill from fans, but his own momentum too.
His form this year has been shaky, not dire, but shaky, and that in part is why Rangers went out and replaced him with Yilmaz, despite how it’s not yet worked out.
But there’s a sense the Turk is now ready to replace the Croat, because Barisic’s current form can’t really get much worse.
It’s time for Ridvan and for Barisic to go Backwards onto the bench.