Rangers manager Steven Gerrard could welcome another face to Ibrox before the transfer window closes as he is on the verge of signing FC Osijek left-back Borna Barisic, according to The Daily Record.

The former England and Liverpool captain got a close look at the defender during the Light Blues’ 2-1 aggregate Europa League qualifier victory over the Croatian outfit.

It seems as if he was impressed with what he saw and now wants to bring the 25-year-old to Scotland.

The paper claims a £2.2 million deal has been agreed and could be completed early on this week.

Barisic was left out of his club’s weekend game against Rudes which is being seen as a sign that he will be moving on.

Since replacing Graeme Murty as Rangers boss, Gerrard has been very busy in the transfer market, overhauling all areas of his squad.

Despite being yet to taste defeat and having only conceded two goals after Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw away at Aberdeen, he wants more defensive reinforcements.

And Croatia international Barisic, who captained Osijek in both matches against Rangers, is reportedly his latest target.

The former Dinamo Zagreb and Lokomotiva Zagreb defender is a specialist left-back who has scored eight goals – and laid on 22 assists – in 124 appearances for his current club.

Gerrard badly needs an experienced left-sided defender as both Declan John and Lee Wallace are unavailable due to injury.

Right-back Jon Flanagan has started the season playing on the left and can be expected to share duties with Barisic if and when the Croatian arrives at Ibrox.

He scored the goal that gave Rangers some nervy moments towards the end of the second leg of their Europa League qualifier.

If Barisic signs, he would join compatriot Nikola Katic in Gerrard’s new-look Rangers squad and could make his debut against St Mirren in the league this Saturday.

He would be cup-tied and unable to feature against NK Maribor in the Europa League match this Thursday.


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