Kris Boyd's comments on Rangers' Borna Barisic completely miss the point

Rangers fans pour out of the stand onto the pitch as Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with his team mates during the Ladbrokes Scottish...

Borna Barisic has apparently struggled in his debut Scottish Premiership season, but he has still produced seven assists for Steven Gerrard's Rangers.

Borna Barisic of Rangers looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League between Celtic and at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Kris Boyd certainly stoked the fires ahead of Saturday’s Scottish Premiership clash between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun, the Killie striker took aim at Rangers left-back Borna Barisic and did not hold back.

"I look at the left-back, Borna Barisic, and see a player who doesn’t want to be at Rangers,” Boyd said.

“Every time I see him he just goes through the motions and I don’t get it. Whenever the going gets tough he seems to be injured.”


And therein lies the problem with Boyd’s quotes.

The defender struggled with a calf injury during the autumn and has not quite found his form again since.

But a lack of form and fitness is not a sign that a player doesn’t want to be there – just an indication that he is yet to find his rhythm again.

Borna Barisic of Rangers vies with Chris Kane of St Johnstone during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and St Johnstone at Ibrox Stadium on February 16, 2019 in...

A £2.2 million signing last summer (BBC), Barisic moving to Ibrox after an outstanding performance against them in the Europa League qualifiers for NK Osijek, the Croatian international enjoyed an impressive first few months in Scotland and has tallied seven assists for the club so far with his wand of a left foot causing plenty of problems.

It is far too early for Barisic to be written off. He must be given the chance to find that form again because he has the natural talent to be one of the league’s leading full-back.

If every club got rid of a player when his form dipped then no one would ever stay for more than six months.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates with Borna Barisic and Ryan Jack after scores the opening goal during the Scottish Cup 5th Round Replay between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox...

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