Borna Barisic looks set to leave Rangers with sources suggesting Italy and Croatia are his destinations this winter, following what promises to be a period of much change for the Ibrox side.
With Sam Lammers’ reported departure to the English Championship on loan in the works, manager Philippe Clement and the team are hard at work bringing in new talent and shipping out players who are not part of the picture going forward.
And the two big clubs we’re aware of looking at the Croat are his home nation’s Građanski nogometni klub Dinamo Zagreb, or Dynamo Zagreb to you and I, and of course the Hellas Verona story from Italy.
Borna is an experienced Croatia international and will not find securing a new club particularly hard – his stock isn’t what it was and with his being out of contract in the summer, Rangers would be fortunate to make back what the club spent on the defender as he now swoops into the final six months.
Yes, lest we forget, Borna (and John Lundstram) are among those now free to speak to suitor clubs, but with Turkey’s Ridvan Yilmaz hitting form at just the right time, Borna sees his Rangers journey as just about over.
And because his stock is lower, he’s a lucrative Bosman/precontract for suitor clubs to get – Borna at his best is a fine asset and his solid number of Croatia caps make him highly-sought after for what would be minimal cost.
Whether it’s Zagreb or Verona he ends up at, it does look now like Barisic’s Rangers adventure is coming to an end.
This is a player we’d wish well, and despite his popularity with supporters being mixed, he’s never really conducted himself anything other than well for the club.
We’ll see where he ends up, if he does indeed move on.