Borna Barisic has saved his Rangers career after impressing Steven Gerrard and his backroom staff with his attitude and performances throughout pre-season, according to a report by Football Insider.
The Croatia international was believed to be an individual that could have been offloaded this summer, with Soccer Link having linked him with a possible move to French outfit Dijon recently.
However, it seems Gerrard is prepared to give the left-back another chance at staking a claim for first-team football at Ibrox in the upcoming campaign by making him their first choice.
Barisic has had an up-and-down 12 months at Rangers since completing a £2.2million move from NK Osijek last summer (Sky Sports).
The 26-year-old has suffered a couple of injuries that have meant he has missed out on a lot of football, whilst a knock he sustained on international duty appeared to incur the wrath of Gerrard.
The manager was furious to lose Barisic before their Old Firm clash with Celtic and believed the player should have returned as quickly as possible (Evening Times), something the defender has since admitted there had been a misunderstanding that had been resolved (Scottish Sun).
Despite those knocks, and the fact that he played just once in their last five games (Transfermarkt), he still managed to prove rather lethal going forward as he provided six assists in his 23 appearances and continued that fine form this season in their first-leg win against Gibraltarian outfit St Joseph’s when he contributed a further two more.
It should only be considered a positive for Rangers that Barisic appears to be working hard off the pitch to show Gerrard as to why he should be at the club for the upcoming campaign.
The 26-year-old would have shown glimpses in his limited appearances last season of what he can provide the team in terms of going forward, whilst he is also the only recognised left-back in the squad at the current moment in time (Transfermarkt).
Adapting to a new style of football in a different country can be hard and can sometimes take more than a year to get to grips with. However, Barisic certainly has the opportunity to show why Rangers spent £2.2m on him last summer.
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