By Wayne Veysey

29th Mar, 2019 | 7:00am

Rangers wide man ruled out of showdown v Celtic - confirmed

Borna Barisic has been ruled out of Rangers’ SPL showdown against Celtic on Saturday with an ankle injury, he has confirmed.

The Croatia international broke down during the international break and has revealed he will miss at least two weeks with a problem he has previously had trouble with at Rangers.

He told the Scottish Sun: “It’s the same injury I had before on my left leg and I will miss a minimum of two weeks. I’m sorry that I will have to skip the big derby with Celtic.

“Unfortunately, it’s not the first time I have had to miss the biggest match in Scotland either. Now I have to focus on recovery.

“I did the best I could for my country against Hungary, but we suffered a disappointing defeat.”

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This is a major blow for Rangers. Barisic has had an up-and-down debut season and has not hit the heights as consistently as Rangers hoped when they prised him from Osijek for a fee of £2.2million. The Light Blues thought they were getting the new Lee Wallace, but instead the 26-year-old has flitted between delivering some very good performances and some pretty rank ones. The timing of the injury is certainly frustrating, as Barisic scored and thrived for Croatia  against Azerbaijan last week in the Euro 2020 qualifiers before hobbling off against Hungary. His absence means that Andy Halliday will once again fill in at left-back on Sunday. The lifelong Ger is a redoubtable performer who bleeds light blue and will do everything his manager asks. But he does not have the same ceiling of performance as Barisic, and will certainly not be as effective on the overlap if Rangers get a foothold in the game.

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