By Ibrox News Speaking to Tam McManus

21st Jan, 2023 | 6:40am

Borna Barisic to be exploited by other teams at Rangers - pundit

We’re delighted to welcome Tam McManus as our exclusive Rangers columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox

Rangers’ opponents are likely to target Borna Barisic when they go forward after the left-back’s shocker against Aberdeen last week, according to Tam McManus.

Barisic’s form has improved under the leadership of Michael Beale but the 30-year-old’s defensive flaws were laid bare in the Viaplay Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen on 15 January.

Aberdeen took the lead when Barisic simply stopped playing, assuming that the linesman was going to lift his flag for offside when there was no real possibility of that happening.

Bojan Miovski scored from Matty Kennedy’s resulting cross.

Barisic’s blushes were spared, however, as Ryan Jack equalised just after the hour mark before Kemar Roofe netted an extra-time winner at Hampden Park to set up a Viaplay final against Celtic.

McManus is clearly a fan of Barisic’s attacking abilities.

However, the former striker worries that other teams will look to exploit the Croatian’s lack of defensive awareness in future matches.

Speaking to Ibrox News, McManus said: “We all know that Barisic is better going forward.

He’s very effective in attack with the way Rangers play, pushing their full-backs on because he and Tavernier have done that under previous managers.

But he was really poor for the Aberdeen goal.

He didn’t go with the runner and was expecting an offside flag to go up. But you’re taught as a kid to play to the whistle.

He should’ve tracked the Aberdeen player in and then they went and scored.

That put Rangers on the backfoot because Barisic didn’t defend particularly well.

“They come back and won the game so it’s not really been highlighted but it’s definitely an area where teams will try to get at Rangers.

It looks as if under Michael Beale, he’s going to be pushed on and that creates a lot of gaps going forward.”

In other Rangers news, the Gers want to offer a four-and-a-half-year contract to seal the signing of this European ace.