By Doug Ward

2nd Aug, 2022 | 9:33pm

Alan Hutton has slammed Borna Barisic for his role in Union Saint-Gilloise’s first-half goal in their 2-0 win against Rangers in Champions League qualifying on Tuesday night.

Teddy Teuma made the most of some diabolical defending by the Light Blues to put the Belgian side 1-0 ahead at Den Dreef in the 27th minute.

Barisic and James Sands were all over the place, drawing criticism from BT Sport pundit Hutton, who also wasn’t happy with Jon McLaughlin’s goalkeeping.

Speaking on Premier Sports 1 on Tuesday night (2 August, 08:38pm), Hutton said: “I’ve watched it a few times and I think Borna Barisic had a difficult 10-minute spell in that first half.

“But it’s like a lazy leg, sticking a foot out and trying to get rid of the danger.

“Sands switches off, he ends up ball-watching and can’t get back to Teuma who puts the ball in the net.

“But obviously, I think Jon McLaughlin, when he looks back at that, he’ll think he’ll have to do better.”

Woeful

It really was pathetic defending for that goal.

Barisic’s defensive abilities are next to non-existent and no number of quality performances in friendlies against Premier League clubs are going to change our minds.

Going forward, he’s a bit better than average.

Defensively, he’s a liability.

Is he anywhere near good enough for Rangers? No, he’s not.

He’s made so many chances now but everyone keeps persisting with him.

Calvin Bassey made him look better than he is when the now-Ajax man played in the left centre-back role but Sands is hardly going to do that is he when he’s played out of position?

Ben Davies needs to play, as does Ridvan Yilmaz.

As for Barisic, we’re more than happy for him to slip back into being a second-choice left-back because, let’s face it, he’s a second-rate left-back for a team like us.

In other Rangers news, a BBC Sportscene pundit was baffled by this incident in the Gers’ win over Livingston.