By Daniel Feliciano

17th Oct, 2023 | 4:10pm

Ivan Pudar urges Croatia to axe Rangers star Borna Barisic from national team 'Before it's too late'

Rangers star Borna Barisic should be axed from the Croatia national team ‘before it’s too late’, according to former manager Ivan Pudar.

Barisic started for Croatia as they fell to defeats against Turkey and Wales during the international break, getting substituted in both games.

And now former Hadjuk Split manager and Croatia legend Ivan Pudar has demanded that he be dropped from the national team because he isn’t good enough.

“Borna Barisic would not be a starter for me if I was manager,” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun (17 October).

“I watched him in Wales. He received 15 passes and in ten of them he passed the back inside to Josko Gvardiol. He lacks the confidence to go forward.

“We need to think about bringing in new players to the national team.

“Wales deservedly beat us and we need to take a new approach before it’s too late.”

Catching on

Barisic has been someone that Rangers fans have consistently deemed to be not good enough in recent years, and it seems that people are finally catching on.

The 30-year-old left-back has always been a regular threat when it comes to delivering the ball in dangerous areas, but defensively he is prone to lapses in concentration and he isn’t nearly enough of a goalscoring threat.

At the top level where we want to be that isn’t remotely good enough and there’s a reason why Giovanni van Bronckhorst spent £4m on bringing in Ridvan Yilmaz to compete and eventually replace him.

But his injury issues have meant that Barisic has been able to keep his place as the first-choice left-back and it’s holding the team back.

The Croatian national team are now feeling the same effects and their interests are being made clear. Rangers should look to follow suit and move on from him too.

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