Borna Barisic is set to get an extended run in the Glasgow Rangers first-team after impressing Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard while covering for Jon Flanagan, according to a report which was published by The Scotsman. 

The 26-year-old was expected by many to leave Ibrox during the summer following the emergence of Flanagan as well as due to unfortunate battles with injury.

The former Liverpool star appeared to have made the Rangers left-back position his own, which would have meant that Barisic would have had very little chance of earning regular game time.

The Croat’s positive attitude and professionalism appear to have secured him more chances under Gerrard and he will now have a chance to try and win a place back in the Gers first-team plans of the club.

After arriving from Croatian side Osijek last summer for a sum of £2.2 million, Barisic’s progress was stalled due to misfortunes with injury. However, he did look fairly impressive whenever available as he went on to secure six assists from 23 games for Rangers.

He has managed to maintain good form in the absence of Flanagan so far this season and has recorded one goal and two assists so far.

Rangers boss Gerrard is likely to have a healthy problem on his hands once Flanagan returns from injury.

Rangers fans will surely be happy that the club managed to keep hold of Barisic during the summer. The fact that there is such intense competition for a place in the first-team proves that they are slowly closing the gap between themselves and Celtic.

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