Former Glasgow Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic has urged Borna Barisic to leave Ibrox as he could compete at a higher level.
The Lowdown: Barisic attracting interest
The £5.4m-valued Barisic (Transfermarkt) has been linked with a move away from the 55-time Scottish champions in recent times.
AS Roma, in particular, were said to be in pursuit of the Croatia international in the previous transfer window (The Scotsman), although Barisic’s family said there had been no official contact (Sportske Novosti).
The Latest: Jelavic urges departure
Speaking to The Daily Record, Jelavic suggested it is time for the left-back to leave Ibrox. He said:
“I’m friends with Borna, we’re very close.
“There are always speculation and rumours because Borna, if you ask me, is one of the top five left- backs in Europe over the last couple of years.
“He has been playing a very high level of football. But I think he definitely needs to think about moving on.
“It’s not about moving to a bigger club because Rangers are one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“It’s more about achieving in a better league than the Scottish Premiership. He has the quality.
“But the fact he did not leave is only a positive for Rangers.
“He’s a very good player and a top lad too.”
The Verdict: Time is running out
Barisic has been an important signing for the Gers. He has made 117 appearances for the club in all competitions (Transfermarkt), really coming into his own last season as Rangers won the Premiership title for the first time in 10 years. With five goals and 14 assists, he proved to be one of his side’s biggest attacking threats.
Will Barisic still be at Rangers next season?
The former Ojisek player will be 29 in November. If he wants a big move to one of Europe’s biggest leagues, time is running out for him. One more impressive season with the 55-time Scottish champions may be enough to see that happen.
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