Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Borna Barisic will be available for his side’s Europa League clash with SC Braga on Thursday evening.
The Croatian has missed the last two Scottish Premiership matches against Kilmarnock and Livingston through injury, with Andy Hallifay deputising for him in both of those games.
But the 27-year-old is expected to make his return to action against the Portuguese side at Ibrox.
Gerrard confirmed the news during a press conference in the build-up to that clash on Wednesday lunchtime.
The Gers shared the announcement via their official Twitter feed in a post that read: “Squad is looking good, Borna played the majority of yesterday’s session so is available for selection.”
🎙️ SG: Squad is looking good, Borna played the majority of yesterday's session so is available for selection.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 19, 2020
How big could this be for Rangers on Thursday night?
Never underestimate how important Barisic is for this Gers side.
The Croatian is enjoying a magnificent season in Glasgow, and has far surpassed any reasonable expectation of how he would get on this term.
Not only does he have a very impressive 14 assists in all competitions, but he also has averaged 4.14 interceptions, 5.56 successful crosses, and 3.49 successful dribbles, as per Wyscout.
He is a vital component in Rangers breaking teams down, and in getting his own side moving on the front foot.
Halliday hasn’t been bad by any means, but Barisic’s absence has been felt acutely, and having him back could prove to be a sizeable factor in the Gers getting a positive result out of a match that promises to one of the the trickiest of their season so far.
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