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Glasgow Rangers: Gio van Bronckhorst must unleash Borna Barisic

Glasgow Rangers turn their attention back to the Champions League tonight as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side host Ajax at Ibrox in their final match of the group stages.

The Light Blues have no chance of making the knockout stages of the competition and it would take a huge scoreline to move above the Dutch side and into third, as they are 11 goals better off on goal difference.

The Dutchman’s team have lost all five of their matches in the Champions League so far and have been outscored by 19 goals to one, with Napoli and Liverpool the other two sides competing in the group.

The Gers head into the game off the back of a 4-1 win over Aberdeen in the Premiership last weekend, as Antonio Colak, John Lundstram, Alfredo Morelos and James Tavernier scored the goals to send the club into this clash with a crumb of confidence.

One player who will be unavailable for selection against the Dutch giants, however, is left-back Ridvan Yilmaz. He pulled up with a hamstring injury within the first ten minutes against the Dons and is now set to be out of action for a couple of weeks.

The full-back, who Ross Wilson dubbed “exciting” in the summer, had finally won his place in the starting XI as it was his third start in four games in all competitions.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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Van Bronckhorst, unfortunately, must now forget about the former Besiktas man and unleash Croatia international Borna Barisic from the start against Ajax.

The £18k-per-week engine should come in at left-back instead of a change to a back three and an attacking player being moved to wing-back or another player coming in as a makeshift option.

Should Borna Barisic start?

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Ex-Gers man Neil McCann once claimed the defender is “like a train” in attack, whilst covering a match for the BBC, and his statistics suggest that there is indeed no stopping him when he gets going.

In the Premiership, Barisic has assisted four goals and created six ‘big chances’ from left-back in 12 appearances, whilst creating 1.8 chances per game. This shows that he is capable of providing a huge threat down the left flank, despite playing in defence, as he has consistently created opportunities for his teammates to score from.

He has shown glimpses of being able to replicate this on the continental stage, with 1.0 key passes per match in the group stages, and he must now be thrown back into the starting line-up tonight to see if he can create something out of nothing to salvage at least a point out of the group.

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