Rangers continued their pre-season preparations with an emphatic 3-1 win at Ibrox on Tuesday evening.
They proved too strong for Premier League outfit West Ham United with new signings Tom Lawrence and Rabbi Matondo both on target either side of Ryan Kent’s finish on a sharp counter-attack.
All four goals came in the second half with Tomas Soucek pulling one back for the Hammers and the Light Blues will now ready themselves for their final pre-season outing against Tottenham it what will be another stern test for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.
One man who passed this one with flying colours was Boran Barisic who Rangers Review writer Jonny McFarlane handed an 8/10 player rating alongside the following comment:
‘Looked determined to lay down a marker for the season ahead, careering into challenges with gusto and bombing up and down the left-flank.
‘Once again, he’s the club’s first choice left-back and this was a top performance to show why. Substituted after 75 minutes to a standing ovation.’
TIF Thoughts on Barisic and Rangers…
Is Barisic good enough to be Rangers first-choice left-back?
With Calvin Bassey set for Ajax, the 29-year-old will be prominent on the left-hand side of the Gers defence and the club will be hoping he can repeat the form he showed under Steven Gerrard.
During the two seasons prior to the most recent campaign the Croatian registered 28 assists in 90 appearances and offered a real threat going forward while the last term he was restricted to just 23 league games as Bassey was tasked with the majority of the responsibility at left-back by GVB.
Despite his limited outings, the full-back still took home a 7.29 SofaScore rating for the Scottish Premiership season placing him fifth among his teammates and while it may have been spread across fewer appearances the £5.4m-rated ace could well save Ross Wilson and his recruitment team from purchasing a replacement for Bassey, instead focusing on enhancing the squad elsewhere.