The methods of Steven Gerrard and the allure of Champions League football could be key if Borna Barisic decides to commit to Rangers.
That is according to ex-Scottish Premiership ace Noel Whelan who, in exclusive conversation with Football Insider, claimed that the Croatian left-back may have hinted that he is looking to extend his stay with the Scottish champions.
Speaking to Rangers TV, the 28-year-old said: “Scotland is very beautiful. The people are very nice, very kind, you can talk with everyone, so I enjoy it really.”
Barisic has been the subject of transfer speculation on the back of a stellar season.
Football Insider revealed in January that West Ham are among the clubs interested.
But Whelan claims Barisic would be mad to want to leave Ibrox and that his comments could be an indication that he is ready to sign a new Rangers deal.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “That could be him hinting he wants to extend his contract. You’ve just won the Scottish Premiership. Why would you want to go anywhere else?
“He’s had a fantastic season. You’ve got to be happy where you are. Under Steven Gerrard and the rest of the coaching staff there, they are obviously really enjoying their training and generally being at the football club.
“You’ve got to be optimistic about where the club’s going. Plus you’re going to be in the Champions League next season.”
Barisic, an 18-time Croatia international, is currently away with the national side.
Dropped from the starting XI against Malta on Tuesday, Barisic provided the assist for Croatia’s opener after coming on as a second-half substitute in a 3-0 win.