According to reports, Rangers are to offer Borna Barisic a new contract with the left back expiring next summer, albeit most of the reports in question are about ‘transfer guru’ Dean Jones, who doesn’t really have major credibility, making the claim that talks have started.
Borna, like John Lundstram, is a high-profile ‘2024’er with his contract expiring next summer, and while fans are eager for this to be resolved quickly, it can’t be said that the Croat is the most highly-rated member of the squad among supporters these days.
For what it’s worth, here’s what Jones said:
“Obviously, there is uncertainty around the left-back position at the moment. Barisic has been at the club for a long time now, and he has got a few clubs looking at his situation because he could sign a pre-contract with a club abroad in January.
“There have been a few mooted in that sense, so it is a situation to watch. But Rangers have begun the process of talking to him about an extension, and that began a couple of months back. You would be expecting that to progress pretty soon if there is going to be a good ending to it from a Rangers perspective.
“They need to try and make sure that the contract situation works out suitably, from their point of view, pretty soon because Rangers will need to be wondering what they will do by the time they get to the end of the season if they don’t get good indications that he is going to sign a new deal.”
We did suggest his Rangers time is surely up, and many fans agree, with the notion that he’s been at Ibrox too long now and the relationship is a bit stale.
5 years the former Osijek man has been at Rangers, summer 2018 for about £1.5M after he impressed in a Europa League qualifier against us for the Croatians.
Former Ibrox Noise writer Richard Fillingham strongly recommended to ex-manager Steven Gerrard that Rangers make a move on this impressive Croatia international, the one with the bandage, after he shone for the hosts, and lo-and-behold the lad joined within two weeks.
It did work out for sure, even if it took him 13 months to actually settle in, and we got a good two+ years of quality performances from him.
But the last two have fallen shorter, with Backwards Barisic being born in February 2022 under Gio at that infamous Old Firm debacle at Parkhead.
He hasn’t really sparkled a lot since then, and many supporters feel it should be Ridvan Yilmaz to get the nod now.
But it’s Philippe Clement and the club who have the final say, and we’ll find out if Barisic’s Rangers stay is being extended or not.