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Rangers: Borna Barisic was Van Bronckhorst’s unsung hero today

Glasgow Rangers continued their momentum from an astounding Champions League result on Wednesday evening which ensured group stage qualification for the first time in 12 years, to win 4-0 at Ibrox on Saturday.

The result puts them a point clear at the top of the Premiership table until their Glasgow arch-rivals play later today.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men took the lead against Ross County through John Lundstram’s deflected strike, redeeming himself for last week’s red card against Hibernian, with the decision later being rescinded.

A double for in-form hitman Antonio Colak, with one being an athletic bicycle kick, took his Ibrox goal tally to seven in as many matches and ensured a relatively straightforward afternoon for the Gers.

Veteran midfielder Steven Davis scored the fourth from a James Tavernier cross and it was a particularly pleasing win, especially considering the exertions on Wednesday against PSV Eindhoven.

Borna Barisic was Van Bronckhorst’s unsung hero

It was a proper team performance by Rangers, with the vast majority of the team contributing in one way or another, although it was left-back Barisic who was the Dutchman’s unsung hero.

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The Croatian received a rating of 7.9 on SofaScore, just behind Colak, and was impressive throughout the match, providing support to Ryan Kent on the left wing. He was strong defensively, making four tackles, one interception and one clearance, and he won 83% of his duels as he limited County to just four goal attempts throughout the entire match.

However, it’s going forward where the 29-year-old truly excelled, as he made three key passes, took 114 touches, and also delivered 12 crosses into the danger area, while succeeding with his only dribble attempt.

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Having a fit and firing Barisic available is a big plus for Van Bronckhorst, and it appears that the signing of Ridvan Yilmaz as competition for the left-back spot has spurred on the Croatian to produce when it really matters.

The 29-year-old is very much a player who thrives on confidence, and bringing in a younger player in the same position as Barisic has been a masterstroke by Van Bronckhorst.

It appears to have helped the Croatian to take his performances up a notch, and with big ties against Liverpool, Napoli and Ajax to come in the Champions League, he will need to exude that confidence over the coming two months.

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