Michael Stewart has heaped praise on Rangers left-back Borna Barisic for the role he played in his side’s goal against Hamilton on Sunday.
Brian Easton’s 80th-minute own goal looked set to hand the Gers all three points in South Lanarkshire before a stoppage-time equaliser from Ross Callachan earned Brice Rice’s men a shock point against the Premiership leaders.
It was a turgid performance by Steven Gerrard’s side but there was one moment of brilliance when Barisic managed to whip the ball into the six-yard box and force an own goal by the Hamilton defence.
“It’s a wonderful delivery,” ex-Hibs and Hearts player Stewart said on BBC Sportsound on Sunday night.
“It’s that wide area where we’ve look at a few clips before and it wasn’t particularly great but they work it into a good area and Barsisic, we know that when he gets into those areas, his delivery is top-drawer.
“He just gets it into that area. I think perhaps [Ryan] Fulton could do better to move his feet, get out there and get a stronger hand on it but as soon as it comes in there, there’s absolutely nothing Brian Easton can do. It just bounces off his knee or shin and into the back of the net.
“It comes down to that incisive play, getting into those areas and delivering the ball at the right moments.
“It was one of the few occasions Rangers managed to do that.”
Still not the best of days for Barisic
Other than his delivery for the goal, Barisic did little of note as Rangers drew at Hamilton.
He wasn’t the only one as pretty much all the players who started for the Gers failed to perform as good as we know they can.
It wasn’t until Steven Davis and Ryan Jack came off the bench until Rangers started to show anything near being capable of scoring against the struggling Accies.
Barisic did well to force the own goal by Easton but we need to see him deliver more crosses like that into the box.
According to stats by Wyscout, the Croatia international failed to make any key passes throughout the 90 minutes.
He completed four of the eight crosses he attempted – his season average in the Premiership is a 41.7 per cent accuracy – but none of those crosses came from the byline, they were all from deep and fairly easy to defend from Hamilton’s viewpoint.
Barisic had a poor day at the office but wasn’t alone in that regard.
He’ll be disappointed with that performance as should the rest of the Rangers squad.
In other Rangers news, Ian Crocker was thrilled with this player’s “man of the match” display against Hamilton.