Borna Barišić is set for a big international boost.
Last taking to the pitch for Croatia in May 2015, the Rangers fullback is expected to start his country’s match against Portugal, reports Index.
The local Croatian source explains there’s going to be various changes in the team with some players out with injury or being rested. Given the country’s brilliant World Cup campaign, losing in the final to France, there’s obviously a buzz around the team and players within it.
Index say Barišić will take the left back slot, with the Rangers player one of several to be given a chance. It’s a quick result for the 25 year old who made it clear international recognition was a motivation behind joining the Steven Gerrard’s side this summer.
At the time of his transfer fromNK Osijek, Barišić was quoted as saying: “I think this club will give me the chance to play on the national team.
“Nikola Katic is my friend from Croatia, I played with him in the national team. He’s a great player, a great guy and I’m very excited to play with him.
“I think the most important thing is that every game I give 100%. I see that the Rangers fans recognise that and I’m very happy because of that. I will give my heart on Ibrox and every other stadium for Rangers, I think this is the most important thing.”
The Croatian squad have made their way to Portugal where they’ll be facing a Ronaldo-less opponent.
It’s a great opportunity for the Rangers player and if he can become a regular in the Croatian set-up then his value will surely shoot much higher, providing a future opportunity for the Scottish Premiership club to cash-in.