Borna Barisic has refused to rule out an exit from Glasgow Rangers despite saying he is loving life with the 55-time Scottish champions.
The Lowdown: Impressive campaign
Croatia international Barisic played a big part in what was a successful campaign for the Gers as they won the Premiership. The left-back scored five times and provided 14 assists in 50 matches in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
He also contributed to the Gers conceding just 13 goals in the league all term – a new British top-flight record (The Scottish Sun). As such, he has become one of Steven Gerrard’s most important players.
The Latest: Barisic refuses to rule out exit
Barisic has recently been speaking about his time at Ibrox, and has revealed he is enjoying himself in Glasgow. He said when asked if he had formed an emotional bond with the club (via Glasgow Live):
“How could you not?
“That club is unique. When it creeps into your heart it stays there forever. I can just say I love Rangers. Honestly.
“Offers are normal in football but when I talk about the club and the fans, it is a big wonderful family. They totally won me over.
“I had bad times too, we didn’t win the league for the first two seasons. But now that I see how full their hearts are, that sincere joy and love for the club, it’s fantastic.
“I don’t like to talk about the coach. If I say a lot of nice words then people could say, ‘there he is sucking up to the manager’.
“Many ask me about him, but let others talk about him.”
However, when asked whether he would be interested in a move away from Ibrox to one of Europe’s top five leagues, he replied:
“Of course, far be it for me to say no.
“But I can’t comment on anything, I have a contract for another two-and-a-half years, we will see what the future will bring.”
The Verdict: Slightly worrying
This will no doubt be slightly worrying for Gerrard and Wilson. As previously stated, Barisic has become one of the squad’s key members over the past couple of seasons, and with a Champions League run potentially just around the corner, Rangers will not want to lose the £5.4m-valued 28-year-old (Transfermarkt).
Will Barisic be at Rangers next season?
However, the fact of the matter is, Rangers players will always be targeted by clubs in more prestigious leagues if they impress. Barisic is one of those players, and has previously been linked with both Leeds United (Football Insider) and Tottenham (90min.com). A big enough offer could convince the Gers to let him depart.
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