Rangers offer Borna Barisic a new two-year deal

Rangers offer Borna Barisic a new two-year deal
TOPSHOT - Rangers' Croatian defender Borna Barisic (L) vies with Newcastle United's English defender Kieran Trippier (R) during the pre-season friendly football match between Rangers and Newcastle United at the Ibrox Stadium, in Glasgow, on July 18, 2023. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Teamtalk today claim Borna Barisic has been offered a new two-year contract extension, and we have to say we completely agree with doing so.

For too long, Rangers have let their asset players run down their contracts, Rangers losing said player for free, and fans then react with vitriol, raging that they’ve lost the player for nothing.

With Barisic’s contract expiring next summer, his current market value is nominal. By offering him a new deal, we secure his services, increase his value and we don’t lose him for nothing, gaining a potentially decent fee if we do sell.

The Croat is very unfairly treated by many Rangers fans. He has honestly not been bad this season – not perfect, but not bad, and his crossing remains a potent weapon which has provided many assists over the years.

If we let his deal expire to zero, fans would be foaming at the mouth in anger that we didn’t either sell him or extend him.

And the fee we’d get selling him now would be absolutely derisory thanks to his expiring deal compared with what it was at his peak. Sure, we’ll never get £20M for him, but Celtic’s sale of fellow Croat fullback international Juranovic to Union Berlin for around £8M at 2 years younger is a decent guide for what Rangers could feasibly expect for our Croat – around £5M-£8M. Both have 31 caps.

So the club is doing the right thing, planning for the future by offering a decent contributor a new deal and hopefully he accepts it.

We don’t want another Freddo or Ryan Kent or even Helander situation where we lost asset players for nothing because we either didn’t offer them a deal or an agreement couldn’t be reached.

Borna’s worth holding onto, and protecting Rangers’ interests with.

After all, fans can’t have it both ways – can’t moan we lose players for nothing, then whine when we offer them new contracts to stop that.

Fair play.

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