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Borna Barisic showed a welcome return to form for Rangers in their dominant win over Feyenoord in the first round of Europa League group fixtures on Thursday night. The emotionally charged game served to inspire the Croatian to his finest performance in the famous blue jersey so far.
The Ibrox side overcame their Dutch counter-parts 1-0 thanks to a well taken long-range effort from on loan Liverpool starlet Sheyi Ojo but it was Barisic who provided the assist in an impressive display.
Barisic steamed into a 50/50 challenge and came out on top, releasing Ojo in the process. He then made himself available for a return pass, creating the space for the youngster to attack centrally and unleash an unstoppable effort.
The 26-year-old Croatian international looked worth every penny of the £2m transfer fee Rangers paid during the summer after he impressed against the Gers in last season’s qualifiers, as backed up by his performance statistics (courtesy of Whoscored).
He had a passing accuracy of 77.4%, the fourth highest throughout Rangers’ starting XI but more noticeably higher than James Tavernier on the opposite flank who came in at 66.7%.
Not only did Barisic provide the single assist of the game but he also contributed three key passes, demonstrating his importance to the Rangers attack. Defensively he was exemplary too, winning three tackles while making three interceptions and two clearances.
Barisic has now shown what he is capable of in his most convincing Rangers performance since joining in the summer and having missed out on a start to Andy Halliday and Jon Flanagan in the two domestic features previously, he’s surely now deserving of holding onto the No.3 berth – at least for the next few games.