Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic has confirmed that Glasgow Rangers defender Borna Barisic will play against France on Wednesday.
Barisic fit to play
There had been doubts that the 27-year-old was carrying an injury. He picked up a knock playing for Rangers against Ross County, and did not play against Switzerland or Sweden. In fact, he was not even included in the squad on either occasion.
However, Dalic has provided Steven Gerrard with a boost ahead of this weekend’s Old Firm clash against Celtic. He said:
“Barišić is fine now, we didn’t want to take any risks with him, he skipped those two games, but now he is completely ready and will be ready for the French.”
Boost for Gerrard
This is no doubt a huge boost for the Ibrox outfit’s boss. Whilst Ryan Kent and James Tavernier have grabbed the headlines thanks to their goals – they already have 13 strikes between them – Barisic has been in fantastic form on the left of the back four. In 12 games in all competitions, he has one goal and a very impressive six assists. Last term, he managed 14 of the latter – his creative threat is hugely important to the 54-time Scottish champions.
Will Rangers beat Celtic this weekend?
Whilst Calvin Bassey would be a useful back-up option, he is not yet on Barisic’s level after just one professional start in his career. For what promises to be a hugely important clash against Celtic, Gerrard needs his star players available. He will now be hoping that the £3.6m-valued man – as per Transfermarkt – does not encounter any problems against the world champions.
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