Rangers full-back Borna Barisic has been called up by the Croatian national team for the next international break after having already been warned of “competition” in his post.
Borna, 28, is part of a competitive left-back position in the Balkan nation’s squad and the country faces a decisive double World Cup against Malta and Russia.
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With Stuttgart left-back Borna Sosa and RB Leipzig full-back Josko Gvardiol also in the squad, Borna faces the challenge of breaking into the starting XI.
This is something Zlatko Dalic touched on during the last international break and the coach says the level of the German Bundesliga versus the Scottish Premiership is a factor in his thinking.
“I’m happy with the growing number of young players coming and the growing competition. Borna is here and competing, ”said Dalic [Daily Record].
“The competition is very strong, there are players who play in the Bundesliga and stronger clubs.
“I would like the situation to open up for him, but the competition is very strong, but Borna is also in the game. No matter who I put, I won’t be wrong.
Croatia’s place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar still pending
A place for the 2022 Qatar World Cup is up for grabs with Croatia’s Group H place likely to arrive on the final matchday against Russia in Split.
Only the group winners will automatically qualify for the tournament, with second place entering the playoffs along with the other finalists from the qualifying groups.
Russia are currently two points ahead of Croatia in the group and with the Croats against Malta (A) and Russia against Cyprus (H) this should remain the case on the final day.
This is a game in its own right and let’s hope Borna can help guide the Croats to the next winter tournament in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are reportedly in negotiations with a leading national federation to postpone their players’ appeal to the national team until the end of the year.
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