By Doug Ward

14th Aug, 2022 | 8:10am

Nottingham Forest in hunt to sign Rangers left-back Borna Barisic as mega-money transfer blitz continues

Nottingham Forest are now in the hunt to sign Rangers’ Borna Barisic as they aim to sign a new left-back, according to the Mail On Sunday.

The newspaper reported via their print edition on 14 August (page 141) that Forest have already spent £83.4million on new players since winning promotion to the Premier League and could smash through the £100million barrier if they land their mooted targets.

Barisic, 29, is now on Forest’s radar with Steve Cooper keen on a new left-back. Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri is also said to be a target at the City Ground.

Too late?

Although we cannot say we’re the biggest fans of Barisic, it might be too late in the summer transfer window now to start selling off key players.

Barisic hasn’t had the best of starts to the new season and he even almost cost the Gers a goal on Saturday (13 August) in their 4-0 win over St Johnstone at Ibrox.

The Croatian international is constantly found out sleeping when he’s forced to do his defensive duties while his ability going forward and getting crosses into the box is inconsistent, to say the least.

Last season, he was made to look better by Calvin Bassey once the now-Ajax ace moved into the left-sided centre-back role but with much change at Ibrox this summer, Barisic appears to be back to his usual poor self.

Ridvan Yilmaz has joined the Gers to offer competition at left-back and we’d much rather see him play.

But despite Barisic’s flaws, he’s a good option and has been, overall, a good servant for the Light Blues in his time at Ibrox.

If he’s sold now with just over two weeks left of the transfer window, Rangers would have to sign a replacement and we’d rather the club spent their time instead on keeping players at Ibrox rather than selling them.

If Forest come in with a ridiculously big offer then we might have to change that view.

In other Rangers news, this Ibrox fan favourite might never pull on the blue jersey ever again.