As the summer break approaches, there is one player who is coming to a crossroads in his Rangers Career, and that is Borna Barisic.
The Croat International currently has a year left on his deal at Ibrox. If he was the only International left back at the club, I would pushing for him to be given a new deal.
But he’s not the only International left back we have on our books.
We have a 21-year-old (22 in a week’s time) at the Club in Ridvan Yilmaz, who let’s not forget we paid out a lot of money for last summer.
As a Club we have an issue here, if we keep Borna & give him a new deal, how do we keep the both of them happy? The season coming up has the Euros at the end of it – and if both Turkey & Croatia were to qualify, then both of these guys will want guarantees about being first choice I would think. So this poses a potential issue for Beale in the summer.
Now let’s look at this from a playing sense.
Borna is 30 (will be 31 later in the year), so some might say his best years are behind him.
We have seen him struggle recently in the domestic game with fast direct players – as it looks as if he’s lost a yard of pace.
Do we keep him at left back and hope with a good pre-season he gets back to his best?
Or do we try and cash in this summer and raise some funds?
Yilmaz is a young man who is still coming to grips with the physicality of the Scottish Game.
He’s also had a few injuries this season, which has hindered him on & off the park – as it’s not allowed him to settle as quickly as he could have.
We have only seen in a few fleeting moments this season his quality – but he needs a run of games in the team to show what he can do.
He’s also rated very highly by the Turkey coaches – which means he will be wanting to have a lot more game time next season.
So do we try and sell and recoup what we paid out?
Or do we keep and make him our first choice left back going forward?
It’s a good issue to have when there are two quality left backs at your club.
But sell either of them and you leave yourself exposed for cover.
Sell Yilmaz then you are only pushing the issue of replacing Borna further down the road.
Personally I would thank Borna for his service to the Club & sell him during the summer.
I think with Kent going, it’s time for a whole new left sided partnership to take place – and the answer for this I think it already at the Club in Yilmaz & Matondo.
Time will tell.