Who is Rangers' new signing Borna Barisic? All you need to know about the defender
Rangers have unveiled their 11th signing of the summer in the form of Borna Barišić. So who is he?
Here's everything you need to know about him:
Full name: Borna Barišić
Previous clubs: BSK Bijelo Brdo, Dinamo Zagreb, NK Lokomotiva Zagreb (loan), Osijek
Why's he so familiar? Well he will be to Rangers fans at least. He played at Ibrox just five days ago, starting for Osijek in the Europa League second qualifying round second leg and caught the eye of Gers manager Steven Gerrard.
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Has he got any international experience? He sure has. In his latest spell at Osijek (his third stint at the Croatian First Football League side), he won a call-up to the national team. He has three caps to date, two of those coming in the 2017 China Cup with the third arriving later last year against Mexico. Barišić was involved in the side's World Cup qualification campaign but only made the bench for games against Turkey and Kosovo. He was included in Croatia's initial 32-man pool for the World Cup finals but missed out on the 23 man squad.
🆕 Borna Bariŝić will wear squad number 31. pic.twitter.com/o635ioXEvW— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 7, 2018
What's he said about his move to Rangers? He's already praised the club's supporters and is hoping his move can get him back into the Croatia squad. He told the club website: "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. This club will give me the chance to play in the national team."
What sort of player is he? Well, I'm no expert on Croatian domestic football. And if you're honest, neither are you. So it's off to Youtube we go. Judging by these extensive highlights, Barisic can make a tackle, take a penalty and his overwhelmingly impressive attribute seems to be his ability to whip a dangrous cross and make it seem easy. Have a look for yourself:
Where will he fit in at Rangers? Barišić 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.
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