Jurica Vranjes has lavished praise on Borna Barisic, characterizing the Rangers defender as a vital asset in Croatia’s victory over Armenia during Euro 2024 qualifying. The 30-year-old showcased his skills as a left-back throughout the entire 90-minute match on Monday, securing a 1-0 triumph for Zlatko Dalic’s team. This victory propelled them to the top of Group D, edging past Turkey in goal difference and bringing them closer to next summer’s tournament.
Vranjes, who boasts 24 appearances for the Croatian national team, specifically highlighted Barisic as one of the squad’s most indispensable players. He went on to suggest that, when combined with the talents of Josko Gvardiol from Manchester City, Ivan Perisic from Tottenham, and Luka Ivausec from Feyenoord, they collectively form the premier left-flank unit in Europe.
In a conversation with Net.HR on September 11th, Vranjes expressed his view, stating, “In my perspective, the crucial factor in our triumph was Borna Barisic’s role as the left-back because his synergy with Perisic is highly effective. This is what I observed. When Borna partners with Perisic on the left flank, along with Ivanusec, who stepped in for Mateo Kovacic, we boast a formidable national team.”
“Borna Barisic has consistently delivered a high level of performance in Glasgow for many years,” he added.
Similar to many Rangers players in the initial phase of the season, Barisic has faced challenges in maintaining a consistent level of performance. He has delivered a mix of strong and inconsistent showings for the Light Blues, who have had a somewhat shaky start to the campaign.
However, his displays with the national team, as a part of what is considered the most formidable left flank in Europe, indicate that he possesses the potential to enhance his domestic performance and continue being a pivotal figure for Rangers throughout the remainder of this season.
Michael Beale will face a significant choice next summer, as Borna Barisic’s contract with Ibrox will expire, and Ridvan Yilmaz is patiently waiting for a chance in the Gers’ defense. It remains uncertain whether Barisic will extend his stay in Glasgow.
Even though Barisic is aging, if he can duplicate his international performances upon returning to Ibrox this week, he could potentially earn himself a fresh contract. Ultimately, with mounting pressure on Beale, there’s nothing more valuable to him than players who consistently deliver strong performances.