Rangers are reportedly set to sign their Europa League tormentor Borna Barisic from Croatian outfit Osijek.
Talk about being decisive.
Steven Gerrard watched on from the dugout as Borna Barisic delivered pinpoint cross after pinpoint cross in Rangers’ narrow first-let win away at Osijek in the Europa League qualifiers last month. And, less than two weeks later, it seems that the Gers are on the verge of bringing the left-back to Ibrox.
According to Sky Sports, a deal worth £2.2 million has been agreed and Barisic will undergo a medical at Rangers on Monday ahead of his move to Glasgow.
Barisic will become Rangers’ eleventh signing of a busy summer, and credit much go to Gerrard and director of football Mark Allen for acting fast before the transfer window slams shut.
The 25-year-old is a modern, attack-minded full-back with a wand of a left foot – as James Tavernier found out in Croatia. He was arguably Osijek’s stand-out performer across both legs and it is worth pointing out that he already has three assists to his name in five games this season.
Barisic has also made three appearances for Croatia since his debut in 2017 – but missed out on a place in the final 23 man squad for the World Cup.
And should he produce the kind of display for Rangers that he produced against them, Gerrard and co might have pulled off a brilliant signing.