By Wayne Veysey
Borna Barisic is set for an extended run in the Rangers side and winning Steven Gerrard over with his attitude and performances in training, Football Insider can reveal.
The Light Blues hierarchy had been ready to offload the left-back during the summer after a disappointing debut campaign in which he failed to live up to the £2.2million fee paid to NK Osijek in 2018.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Barisic impressed Gerrard and his coaching staff with his efforts at their Auchenhowie headquarters in the first two months of this season as they scrapped plans to sell him just a year after his arrival.
He has been in and out of the starting XI in the new campaign, making five appearances while sharing left-back duties with Jon Flanagan.
But Barisic, 26, is set for a run as the first choice left-sided defender after Flanagan underwent hernia surgery at the start of the week ahead of what is set to be a spell on the sidelines.
The former Liverpool man had been given the nod ahead of Barisic and Andy Halliday to start Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Celtic at Ibrox after the Croatia international had been in the XI for the landmark win over Legia Warsaw three days earlier.
Barisic’s future was up in the air following what he admitted was a “misunderstanding” with Gerrard after he suffered an injury while on international duty in March.
He only played once in the club’s last eight fixtures last season – that being the last game of the campaign at Kilmarnock – after being frozen out by the manager.
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