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I will give my heart to Ibrox, says Barisic

By Andy Newport

New Rangers signing Borna Barisic has vowed to repay the faith of the fans after sealing his move to Glasgow.

The Osijek captain, who scored against Steven Gerrard's side in Europa League qualifying last Thursday night, yesterday completed his move to Ibrox for a fee believed to be around £2million.

The full-back is the 11th arrival since Gerrard took over earlier in the summer and is likely to form part of a revamped defence, and he hopes to prove his worth to the fans in the coming months.

"I think the most important thing is that in every game I give 100 per cent," the Croatia international said.

"I think the Rangers fan recognise that and I will give my heart for Ibrox - I think that is important.

"I want to give back for all the messages the fans have sent me, and all the belief the manager has shown me.

"I need to back all this up on the pitch, and I will do that."

Meanwhile, Steven Naismith believes the 'Tynecastle factor' will have a big part to play when Hearts face Celtic on Saturday.

The Jambos, fresh off the back of a thumping 4-1 opening day win at Hamilton Accies, host the reigning champions in Gorgie at the weekend.

Craig Levein's side have hit 14 goals in the last three matches, with Naismith bagging four for himself, and although he knows just how tough a test Saturday's game against the Hoops will be, he's banking on the home support to play in a major part in the afternoon's proceedings.

"It'll be tough, they've been the benchmark over the past years," he explained.

"Us, as a squad, we are moving forward and we want to compete with them.

"We know it's going to be tough. They're got their mind set on Europe as well, which is a tricky situation for them to be in, in terms of they've got two massive games and we're sandwiched in between.

"From our side, as a club, fans, players, we need to recognise that and start with a good tempo in the game but also make it a tremendous atmosphere for us to push on.

"The Tynecastle factor is big. The form last season shows that, but if we can go into every game and make it a place where players don't want to come and play, then it's to our advantage.

"Maybe even if 10 minutes go by and it's been a slow, sluggish start the fans do really make a difference.

"If they can get behind the boys as much as they can then it definitely spurs us on."

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