Ligue 1 side Dijon are monitoring Rangers’ Borna Barisic with the aim of signing him from Steven Gerrard’s side, according to Soccerlink.fr, via The Daily Record.
Barisic has only been at Ibrox for a year but Dijon are reportedly attempting to lure the Croatia international away from the Gers. The French side is looking at replacements for Oussama Haddadi, who went to Al-Ettifaq Club this summer.
The left-back had an inconsistent debut campaign at Ibrox, playing 22 times, but he was never a favourite of his manager.
Gerrard was fuming at his left-back for not returning from international duty having picked up an injury, and after this admission from Gerrard, the 26 year-old’s future at the club looked grim.
However, he started and starred in the Gers’ 4-0 win away at St. Joseph’s in Europa League qualifying last week. Barisic set up two goals (although his ‘assist’ for Connor Goldson’s goal was probably a goal in itself) in the first-round victory.
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Playing only 22 times from a possible 53 games that he was eligible for isn’t good enough for the only recognised left-back at Ibrox. Jon Flanagan and Andy Halliday both covered in the Croat’s regular absence last season, despite not being natural left-sided defenders.
On his day, Barisic looks capable of influencing games from his left-back berth and his seven Croatia caps haven’t come about by accident. And yet, you don’t have to look far for a more consistent alternative.
Kilmarnock’s Greg Taylor has been of interest to the club this summer, according to The Daily Record, and as a full Scotland international he might be ready for a big move to Ibrox.
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Taylor was “excellent” on his Scotland debut according to manager Steve Clarke, and didn’t look out of place against a star-studded Belgium side.
The 21-year-old missed just five matches of Killie’s 46 game season last year, so is a much more trustworthy option than Barisic.
Quite simply, the 2018 signing’s injuries and inconsistent form make him a huge risk going into a campaign with several competitions to fight in.