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Rangers: Borna Barisic has been an unsung hero

Glasgow Rangers continued to pile the pressure on their rivals at the top of the Premiership with a 4-0 win in the Scottish top-flight on Saturday.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team swept St. Mirren aside with ease and remain two points off the top of the table after nine league outings.

Antonio Colak was the star of the show yet again as he found the back of the net twice in that thrashing. He reacted quickly in the box to tap in from close range after a shot hit the post and then brilliantly dribbled past a defender before finding the bottom corner for his second goal.

The Croatian centre-forward is now on 13 goals in 16 matches for Rangers in all competitions since making the move from PAOK in the summer. He has scored ten times and provided two assists in nine Premiership games as he has hit the ground running at Ibrox this season.

Alfredo Morelos was the club’s top goalscorer in the league with 11 strikes last term and this illustrates how impressive Colak’s tally of ten with 29 matches left to play is.

He has been the star of Rangers’ season so far but another player who deserves praise for his performances on the pitch is left-back Borna Barisic.

The defender has been an unsung hero for the Light Blues at the back as he has been in sublime form in the Premiership throughout the campaign so far.

He may not be scoring every week like Colak but he has been putting in consistently strong performances week-in-week-out and has established himself as the first-choice in his position. Ridvan Yilmaz was brought in from Besiktas for a reported fee of €4.5m (£3.9m) and has been unable to push Barisic out of the team.

The Croatian, who former Gers winger Neil McCann previously compared to a “train” in attack, has averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.38 in the Scottish top-flight and has started eight of the club’s nine league matches, playing a part in every single game.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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Only Colak (7.62) and captain James Tavernier (7.78) have averaged higher scores than him within the Gers squad, which shows that the 29-year-old has been one of van Bronckhorst’s top performers.

Barisic has been solid at the back for the Light Blues and has caused problems for the opposition when he has bombed forward to support the attack.

Defensively, he has made 2.4 tackles and interceptions per game and won 70% of his ground duels in the Premiership, something that shows he has been able to dominate attackers out of possession.

On the ball, the £18k-per-week full-back, who has had 828 touches in the Premiership, has created 1.8 chances per game – only Tavernier has managed more this season – and created four ‘big chances’ in total.

They are some eye-catching numbers that show Barisic has been incredibly impressive this term. He deserves just as much praise as Colak for his performances.