Kevin Phillips believes it is “almost impossible” Borna Barisic will stay at Glasgow Rangers given the interest in him from Premier League clubs.
The Lowdown: Interest in Barisic
Barisic has attracted plenty of attention from south of the border thanks to his performance for the Gers over the past couple of seasons.
The Latest: Phillips expects transfer
Speaking to Football Insider in the wake of the news of all this interest, Phillips believes it will be very difficult for the Gers to hold on to the Croatia international this summer. He said:
“I’ve always said the draw of the Premier League, does it outweigh playing in the Champions League?
“At the end of the day, Rangers are never gonna win the Champions League. They can give it a good go and try and get as far as they can.
“But the chance to play in the Premier League, week in, week out, probably outweighs that in my opinion.
“So it’s almost impossible to turn down a Premier League side. Of course, the finances are gonna be a lot different as well.
“There are quite a few clubs looking for a left-back. It’s a specialised position and they’re not very common. So it will be interesting to see how that one unfolds.”
The Verdict: Champions League is Gers’ joker card
Barisic showed his attacking threat last term with five goals and 14 assists in all competitions (Transfermarkt), while he was also part of a team that conceded just 13 goals in the league – he is crucial for the Gers on both sides of the ball.
It was a marvelous campaign for the £5.4m-valued 28-year-old (Transfermarkt), who is currently away at Euro 2020 with his country.
Will Barisic be at Rangers next season?
That will only attract attention from other sides, and Barisic does not have too long left for a big move. The Gers’ Champions League fate may play a big role in the defender’s future – qualification for the group stages of Europe’s premier club competition may be enough to convince him to stay for one more year.
Fail to get past the qualification rounds however, and Phillips’ concern may just come to fruition.
In other news, Rangers fans were livid at this Euro 2020 news.
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