By George Overhill

17th Jul, 2022 | 6:20pm

Exclusive: Rangers defender Borna Barisic still high on Trabzonspor list despite Eren Elmali buy

Trabzonspor still “really like” Rangers defender Borna Barisic despite having apparently signed an alternative, according to Fraser Fletcher.

The freelance Scottish football journalist, previously full-time at the BBC, speaking exclusively to Ibrox News shared that the Turkish club still “really like” the Croatian, whose position in Glasgow has taken on greater importance with the deal to sell Calvin Bassey to Ajax for big money.

In mid-June it appeared interest was growing in the 29-year-old, with the Turkish champions by far the most prominent, but the chance of him heading to the Super Lig looked to have gone when they subsequently bought Eren Elmali from Kasimpasa.

Similarly, with 22-year-old Bassey on the verge of completing a major move to the Eredivisie for north of £20million, it would appear that the prospect of Barisic leaving as well had ended, but to the question of whether the future of one would depend on the other Fletcher answered: “No, no I don’t think so.

The player is seemingly happy to remain at the club but Fletcher can’t rule out further moves, with the Turkish champions still highly interested, especially with the imminent arrival of Ben Davies from Liverpool.

He told Ibrox News: “From what I know about Borna Barisic there’s a lot of chat about him and how he’s miserable and unhappy and all that stuff. 

“That’s not true I don’t believe. That’s my opinion but I just don’t believe that to be true, it’s not what I’ve heard at all.

“Trabzonspor are really keen on him. They really like Barisic, and that’s not changed. That’s not changed.

“They do really like Borna Barisic but as things stand right now, nothing concrete and he’s a Rangers player. 

“They have [signed another left-back] but they still really like him.”

As with everything this will surely come down to money above all, and if Trabzonspor like him enough to put a significant number on the table it will give Rangers a decision to make.

Barisic was inconsistent in the 2021/22 season, and some high profile blunders in Old Firm meetings saw him overtaken by the incredible growth from Bassey.

Having had the bank balance boosted this summer by the sale of Joe Aribo to Southampton, and the Bassey money soon to arrive on top, the club have moved quickly to bring in one replacement, so if the price was right to let go of both incumbents in one window and there was an opportunity to sign another target it can’t be ruled out.

The market appeared to have died down for Barisic but that is apparently not the case, so left-back will continue to be an area of interest for both comings and goings this summer.