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Rangers: Borna Barisic wanted by Watford

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst could make a major blunder in the January transfer window amid Watford’s reported interest in Borna Barisic.

What’s the story?

According to The Athletic, the Premier League side have got their sights set on the £15k-a-week earning Barisic, and that they have shown an initial interest in signing him.

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The report does add, however, that his price tag may be a bit prohibitive for a move, and that with two years left on his contract at Ibrox, he could demand a fee in the region of £5-8m.

Would ruin Rangers’ title momentum

One half of the Gers’ incredible full-back double act with James Tavernier, Barisic has been an outstanding provider and scorer of goals for the club since he made the switch to Ibrox.

The Croatian flyer racked up 14 assists in 50 games across all competitions last season, including enjoying an impressive Europa League campaign too – he bagged three goals and set up another three as the Gers made it to the last 16.

Former Rangers full-back Steven Smith has previously waxed lyrical about the Croatian, saying: “When you have got him on one side and the numbers that Tavernier is producing on the other side, I think when people tell you the numbers it is scary. You are talking about forward players and strikers not even reaching those numbers so the two of them have been outstanding.”

His start to the current campaign has been much more disappointing, with no goals and just the two assists, but the fact he’s played in 21 games across all competitions and only missed matches through injuries, shows just how important he still is.

Selling him in January, when the Scottish Premiership title race remains wide open – the club have got a six-point lead over rivals Celtic right now – would ruin a lot of the momentum that has been built up at Ibrox.

It would be a major call and gamble to sell one of your starting XI players, and it would surely leave Gers fans fuming.

Meanwhile, Rangers are eyeing a move for this Championship star…

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