A truly awful performance from Glasgow Rangers saw Scottish Premiership strugglers Hamilton Academical pull off arguably one of the biggest shocks of the season as the Accies held Steven Gerrard’s side to a 1-1 draw at New Douglas Park.
Hamilton midfielder Ross Callachan somehow scored in the final seconds of added time to earn the basement side a surprise draw against the Premiership leaders.
However, the score line could have read very differently indeed had Allan McGregor not come to Rangers’ rescue, with the veteran goalkeeper keeping the likes of Callachan, Bruce Anderson and Scott McMann at bay for most of the game.
While McGregor will rightly get a lot of the credit for putting in an immense shift between the sticks, the man who caught the eye the most was Borna Barisic, as he produced another solid display on the left-hand side of the defence.
Per SofaScore, the 28-year-old was given a high match rating of 7.5 for his strong performance, with McGregor the only Rangers player rated higher.
This is all the more impressive when you consider his opposite number Jamie Hamilton only managed to win six out of his nine duels overall (66%), which suggests that Barisic managed to get the better of the opposition for the most part, particularly on the left flank.
He would also take 84 touches of the ball against the Accies, whilst he produced 42 out of 50 passes, resulting in a solid 84% pass accuracy rating, which is a fraction higher than his season’s average of 82%.
Despite Rangers finding themselves pinned back by Brian Rice’s side in their own half in periods of the game, the attack-minded fullback was still able to showcase his passing ability, as he fired off four crosses from ten attempts, four accurate long balls from seven attempts, and made two key passes, which was more than any Hamilton player bar Scott McCann.
Therefore, whilst McGregor quite literally kept them in the game, Barisic deserves immense credit for his near-perfect display on the left-hand side of the defence.
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