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Rangers: Borna Barisic was “miles off it” in the Champions League

Glasgow Rangers‘ grim return to life in the Champions League continued on Wednesday evening, as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side suffered a humiliating 7-1 defeat at Ibrox to ensure their wait to secure a group stage point goes on.

Facing a Liverpool side who are enduring their own malaise at present – with the Reds having slipped to tenth in the Premier League following their recent loss to rivals Arsenal – the Old Firm giants had initially made a lively start to proceedings, with Scott Arfield netting his side’s first goal in the competition for over a decade inside the first-half.

Having been level heading at the break following Roberto Firmino’s header, the Gers were still firmly in the game at that stage, although proceeded to suffer an almost unforgivable second-half capitulation against Jurgen Klopp’s relentless side.

Substitute Mohamed Salah returned to his usual clinical self having been hooked after 69 minutes against the Gunners at the weekend, coming off the bench to score the fastest-ever hat-trick in the competition’s history, doing so in just over six minutes.

Amid the Egyptian’s individual brilliance, that stunning display had also laid bare the fragility of the home side’s shaky backline, with the Scottish Premiership side having now shipped 16 goals in just four games in Europe so far this term.

A major villain on the night was arguably that of Croatia international, Borna Barisic, with the towering left-back having simply wilted on the big stage, having been tortured by the aforementioned Salah in that dismal second period.

The 29-year-old had looked “miles off it” according to writer James Black, notably allowing the former Roma man far too much time inside the area in the build-up to the visitors’ fourth goal on the night, having also played striker Darwin Nunez onside for the Merseysiders’ third.

The 6 foot 1 full-back again failed to adequately close down Salah as the 30-year-old wrapped up his treble late on, with the struggling defender having been ‘all at sea’ according to the Scotsman’s Andrew Smith.

The £5.4m-rated man – who had been linked with a departure from Glasgow over the summer – notably lost possession 12 times from his 70 touches, while also winning just one tackle and failing to make a single interception.

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Such a grim performance unsurprisingly saw the 27-cap dud record a measly 5.9 match rating, as per SofaScore, with that the joint-third worst rating of any of the Gers starters on the night, showcasing just what a liability he was up against such elite opposition.

With £5m, summer signing Ridvan Yilmaz waiting in the wings to earn a more prominent role in the side on the left of the defence, with the Turkish defender having made just four appearances thus far, it could well be time for Barisic to make way ahead of Sunday’s clash away at Motherwell.

Article title: Rangers: Borna Barisic was “miles off it” in the Champions League

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