Rangers will be ready to cash in on Borna Barisic this month if the right offer comes along, according to Charlie Nicholas.
The Croatian defender has emerged as a target for Italian side Roma, with the Sunday Post claiming that the Serie A giants are willing to “dig deep” in an effort to lure him away from Ibrox.
And Nicholas has suggested that it could happen.
Speaking to the print edition of the Daily Express, as per The Scottish Sun, the former Celtic man said: “If a big-money bid comes in for Borna Barisic then Rangers will be ready to cash in.
“Rangers have already said they won’t sell Alfredo Morelos so if they need to raise money then they might look at others like Glen Kamara or Barisic.
“Barisic is also a sale that Rangers could accommodate.
“I know they don’t have a current replacement but Steven Gerrard and Ross Wilson [Gers’ sporting director] will already be looking at replacements that will be a lot cheaper or even loans.
“Yes, Barisic has improved and got better but he is not irreplaceable.
“Gerrard signed him from Osijek for around £2 million so if they could sell Barisic for £7 or £8million it wouldn’t be a bad return.”
Could Rangers afford to lose Barisic?
In an ideal world, Barisic wouldn’t be going anywhere any time soon.
The Croatian has really stepped up to the plate this season, and his tally of 13 assists in 27 games is already six better than his total from last season.
His two assists in the Old Firm at the end of December in particular could prove to be absolutely vital to the Gers’ title bid, and the prospect of losing somebody who offers his solidity at the back and creativity on the front foot would not be ideal.
That being said, could the Gers really stand to turn down an offer that would quadruple their money for a player they’ve had just under 18 month? Perhaps not.