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Rangers: Borna Barisic was poor vs St Mirren

Rangers came from behind to beat St. Mirren 2-1 on Sunday as they reclaimed their place at the top of the table from Hearts.

Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe scored within two minutes of each other towards the end of the first half after Connor Ronan’s wonder strike had given the hosts the lead.

Despite the positive result and performance, one player who did let Steven Gerrard down badly was left-back Borna Barisic as he struggled throughout the match.

Was Barisic disappointing?

Yes

Yes

No

No

He was unable to show off the best of his abilities at either end of the pitch as he was lacking defensively and offensively for the Gers.

Defending his own goal, Barisic was a lightweight. Per SofaScore, he lost six of his eight duels (75%) and was dribbled past twice by a St Mirren player. He did make three clearances and two tackles, but they do not make up for his lack of strength in individual battles or the ease at which players were able to take the ball past him when dribbling.

Offensively, he was not his usual self either. Via SofaScore, he lost possession of the ball a whopping 20 times throughout the game. He also failed with seven of his nine attempted crosses, five of his eight attempted long balls and only completed 73% of his passes from left-back.

This suggests that he was a yard off the pace in possession as he was unable to impose his quality on the game, with St Mirren seemingly able to deal with the majority of his attempts to open them up.

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Last season, Barisic averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.40 in the Premiership. He won 59% of his duels over the course of the campaign and created 2.2 chances per game, providing six assists overall. His failure in his individual battles on Sunday particularly stand out in comparison to how he fared last term, winning 25% on this occasion.

Therefore, he let Gerrard down badly as he did not show his best self against the Saints. Rangers may have won the game by a more comfortable scoreline had the Croatian been able to put in a strong performance, although it is impossible to say with certainty. Hopefully, he will now get his head down in training and ensure that he is able to bounce back as quickly as possible.

AND in other news, Forget Roofe & Morelos: Rangers beast with 82% duels won was immense vs St Mirren…

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