By Kevin Phillips

19th Jun, 2021 | 8:00am

Rangers exit 'almost impossible' to turn down for Barisic after critical development - pundit

It is “almost impossible” that Borna Barisic will remain at Rangers given the interest in him from multiple Premier League clubs.

That is according to ex-Premier League hitman Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the clamour for the left-back’s signature.

This site revealed on 12th June that Leeds United have set their sights on the Croatia international but face competition from Arsenal, Aston Villa and Wolves.

Barisic will play in the Champions League group stages with Rangers next season should they make it past August’s qualification rounds.

But Philips argues that the bright lights of the Premier League will be too good to turn down for the 28-year-old.

He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “I’ve always said the draw of the Premier League, does it outweigh playing in the Champions League?

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“At the end of the day, Rangers are never gonna win the Champions League. They can give it a good go and try and get as far as they can.

“But the chance to play in the Premier League, week in, week out, probably outweighs that in my opinion.

“So it’s almost impossible to turn down a Premier League side. Of course, the finances are gonna be a lot different as well.

“There are quite a few clubs looking for a left-back. It’s a specialised position and they’re not very common. So it will be interesting to see how that one unfolds.”

Barisic featured 50 times for Steven Gerrard’s side in their historic 2020-21 campaign.

He is currently on international duty with Croatia at the Euros.

In other news, Rangers star “holds all the cards” in contract talks amid £10million transfer reveal.