Borna Barisic looks set for Rangers stay as Trabzonspor sign Eren Elmali
It looks like Rangers defender Borna Barisic is set to remain at Ibrox after Trabzonspor signed an alternative, the Daily Record reports.
Interest from the Turkish champions in the Gers’ 29-year-old full-back appeared to be high and, although the club were not searching to shed him, a bid of the right size could have convinced them to sell.
But they have now signed 21-year-old Eren Elmali from fellow Super Lig club Kasimpasa.
The Turkish international was named on the wish list of left-back targets at Trabzonspor’s in the report from Fotomac on Monday (13 June) which had significantly talked up the prospect of a Barisic transfer.
Their claim that an official bid had been made and that the Light Blues were keen to sell was subsequently tempered by Scottish media, but it looks like their interest in the young alternative was accurate as it has now come to fruition.
Interest in Barisic from Serie A has been suggested by the Daily Record, but the main source of transfer speculation seems to have been ruled out.
Whether the Turkish side were likely to come up with the money required to tempt the Bears will perhaps never be known now.
With Barisic himself content to remain at the club, and no major appetite to shift him, it seems sensible to keep him in a back-up role.
He performed better later in the season, after some wobbles during the winter, so as long as he isn’t expected to be the season-long first-choice he is a useful member of the squad.
The defensive picture will hinge heavily on the future of Calvin Bassey, and likely will remain somewhat in the balance for the whole summer.
He is believed to be in high demand, particularly from England, and the club have set a £25million asking price that is currently the main barrier to approaches.
If the situation remains as it is, without concrete bids, then until the window closes again at the start of the 2022/23 season there is the possibility that Rangers will need to find a new left-back.
If he remains as starter in that role, with the retention of Connor Goldson, plus the addition of John Souttar, then the back line looks strong.
But were Barisic suddenly thrust into first choice then he would be the obvious weakness.