Borna Barisic has been in excellent form for Rangers this season and his latest superb performance for his international side Croatia emphasises just how well Steven Gerrard and Mark Allen did to bring him to Ibrox in 2018.
Rangers signed the left-back from NK Osijek for just £2.2 million after impressing Gerrard with his performances against the Gers in a Europa League qualifying fixture.
It was suggested that Barisic felt moving to Rangers would increase his playing time for Croatia, having earned three caps for his country at that stage, and he has now earned 17, so the move has definitely worked out for the defender.
The 28-year-old has been a regular in Gerrard’s side ever since, having made 107 appearances for the Light Blues, in which he has contributed an impressive seven goals and 31 assists.
He has played a huge part in Rangers’ title win this season, contributing one goal and five assists in 30 top-flight appearances, which have helped him earn a superb 7.35 average rating.
It seems as if Barisic is continuing his form for Rangers with his country, as he produced a Man of the Match display in Croatia’s 1-0 win against Cyprus last weekend.
As per SofaScore, the defender would earn an impressive 7.7/10 match rating, which was enough to see him rated as the best player on the pitch from both sides.
Considering the likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Mateo Kovacic all featured in the game, it emphasises the immense quality that Barisic possesses, which makes it extremely impressive that Rangers’ former director of football Mark Allen was able to bring him to Ibrox for such a low fee.
Barisic was clearly a threat from both an attacking and defensive point of view throughout the game, as he made three tackles, which was the joint-most of any Croatian player, whilst also attempting 16 crosses during the game, suggesting that one of Zlatko Dalic’s side’s main tactics is to utilise the left-back’s impressive crossing ability.
Therefore, when you consider that Barisic has become one of the star players for Croatia, who reached the final of the last World Cup, it seems remarkable that Allen and Gerrard were able to bring him to Rangers for just £2.2 million in 2018.