Croatia coach details hilarious Borna Barisic exchange after Rangers win 55th title

Scottish-born Croatia analyst Marc Rochon has detailed Borna Barisic’s introduction into their Euro 2020 camp after Rangers won the Scottish Premiership.

Rochon, who is from John o’Groats, has been a coach for the Croatia national team since 2017, after following manager Zlatko Dalic from Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

The self-confessed avid Rangers supporter says he has struck up a special connection with left-back Barisic, who announced himself in style after joining up with the Croatia squad ahead of this summer’s European Championships.

“He’s been skipping around the place,” Rochon told The Athletic. “The first thing he said to me when he walked in the door was, ‘You can call me 55 now’. He’s a good guy and we get along well.

“I told him when he first came to the camp that I was a Rangers fan so would be watching everything — don’t muck up!”

Mood to celebrate

It looks like our stars are taking their positivity into their national sides and spreading the joys of being a Light Blue at the moment.

Barisic was an integral part of Steven Gerrard’s side that swept all before them in the Scottish Premiership during the 2020/21 campaign, winning the title by 25 points over Old Firm rivals Celtic.

His seven assists, allied to his resilient defending, were huge in helping us to dash Celtic’s dreams of 10-in-a-row, and thus secure our 55th title.

It’s great to see how far we’ve come with a squad that has enormous pride in pulling that Rangers jersey on and giving their all.

Barisic has taken his enthusiasm and love for the Gers to his national side, showing how much he is enjoying his time in Glasgow.

Who can blame him for enjoying the moment after the season we’ve just had, and here’s hoping he has a big tournament at Euro 2020.

There’s a chance we could see him lock horns with fellow Rangers full-back Nathan Patterson when Scotland host Croatia at Hampden Park on June 22.

In other Rangers news, read our view on how UEFA may have handed Celtic a big European advantage over the Light Blues.