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Rangers complete signing of £2m Croatian defender as John set for move to Championship

By Andy Newport

Rangers have announced the £2m signing of Osijek captain Borna Barisic on a four-year deal.

Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard was wowed by Barisic's displays against his side during their recent Europa League clashes.

The Croatia international was the stand-out performer from Zoran Zekic's side as they pushed Gers close before going down 2-1 on aggregate.

Now Gerrard had ordered director of football Mark Allen to rush through a deal for the 25-year-old full-back and the deal was confirmed on Tuesday morning as Rangers brought in their 11th signing of the summer.

“I think the most important thing is I give 100% in every game,” Barisic told the Rangers club website. “I see that the fans of Rangers will recognise that, and I am very happy because of that.

“I will give my heart at Ibrox and every other stadium for Rangers, and I think that this is the most important thing for me.

“I was very excited to play in an atmosphere like it was at Ibrox with 50,000 fans singing who are very positively crazy and very passionate, and I like that very much.

“I am very excited to be part of Rangers – it’s such a big family and it’s the club with the most trophies in the world.”

Barisic will compete with Jon Flanagan for the left-back slot but his arrival will likely spell the end of Lee Wallace and Declan John's Ibrox careers, with Swansea to offer Welsh international John a return to the principality.

Meanwhile, Rangers have decided to appeal against Morelos' red card at Aberdeen.

The Colombian was dismissed 12 minutes into Sunday's clash after appearing to kick out at Dons defender Scott McKenna.

If the appeal fails, Morelos will be handed a two-game ban, ruling him out of Sunday's Premiership clash with St Mirren as well as the Betfred Cup tie at Kilmarnock on August 19.

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