Borna Barisic has been converted into a proper “Rangers man”, according to the Athletic journalist Jordan Campbell.
The Croatian full-back initially struggled to adapt to life in Scotland, and due to a combination of poor form and injuries only managed 27 appearances in all competitions last season for the Gers.
His outing against Hibernian on Wednesday night was already his 32nd of this campaign, however, and it is understood that his newfound success has come partially as a result of a heightened appreciation of the demands of the footballing landscape in Glasgow.
Writing in a piece for The Athletic, Campbell said: “Barisic is now, according to one source, said to be a “Rangers man” in the sense that he understands the demand for success at Ibrox and the passion of his team’s fans.
“It has taken time for him to adapt to the unique intensity of Glasgow but something clicked in June when he arrived back for pre-season.
“His terrific form of late saw him rewarded with a new contract last week, which will run until 2024, but it also drew late interest in January from Italian teams.
“Barisic is in no doubt that he wants to win the league with Rangers before leaving Scotland as time is still on the 27-year-old’s side for a big move.”
How good has Barisic been for Rangers this term?
To be frank, he’s looked like a different player entirely.
His tally of 14 assists so far this season is already double what managed last time around, and you wouldn’t bet against him adding a shedload more to that total between now and the end of the campaign.
His contributions go far beyond assists though.
As per Wyscout, he is averaging 6.89 defensive duels won per match, as well as 4.15 interceptions, 5.55 accurate crosses, and 3.89 successful dribbles.
Those are very good numbers, and a real indication of just how well the 27-year-old is performing at this present moment.
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