Rangers and Michael Beale make major decision on Borna Barisic

Rangers and Michael Beale make major decision on Borna Barisic
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 12: Ridvan Yilmaz of Rangers arrives at the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League group A match between Rangers FC and Liverpool FC at Ibrox Stadium on October 12, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As most Rangers fans know, the club has entered into contract negotiations with Croatian left back Borna Barišić recently, with the former Osijek man out of contract next summer, but there’s some implications here.

First of all Türkiye’s Rıdvan Yılmaz had a sparkling end to the season, and has arguably forced himself now into being first choice in that position for Rangers. Ibrox Noise was very impressed with the shift he put in late on alongside most Rangers supporters and he finally started consistently showing why he’s a Republic of Türkiye international and former Beşiktaş J.K. regular.

He started showing why Rangers effectively paid £6M for him.

Secondly Barišić’s negotiations would suggest the club is keen to retain him too, but the Croat will be absolutely aware he’s no longer first choice – at 30 and with his best probably behind him, that’s not really a surprise.

Rıdvan seems to be prime position now as the Croat’s successor, the 22-year-old finally gaining his footing in Scottish football and impressing, albeit with less pressure on him by that point, to the point of securing the slot for himself.

But the Borna negotiations seem to fit with the grander picture – has Borna become deputy? Is Rıdvan actually first choice?

We need two quality options here, and it appears the Borna chat suggests he and the Turk will be the main picks for that slot – Borna had absolutely no competition last season and now he does – the young pretender seems ready to make the place his own.

And we’re actually happy with that – we don’t need any new additions in that slot, and it seems the club is content to have those two continue fighting it out for left back.

Rıdvan and Borna. Is that Beale’s choice?

We hope so – we don’t need to spend any money here, and although potential new recruit Jonathan Panzo can fill in at left back, that’s just flexibility.

Ridvan was one of the few to actually hold his own in the Champions League. That’s definitely what we want.

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