Borna Barisic: Rangers can claw back seven-point gap to Celtic


    Malik Tillman celebrates with Borna Barisic and John Lundstram against Hearts
    Malik Tillman celebrates his goal with John Lundstram (left) and Borna Barisic (right) against Hearts (Picture: Kirk O’Rourke/Rangers FC/Shutterstock)

    Borna Barisic does not believe Celtic’s seven-point lead at the top of the cinch Premiership makes them uncatchable.

    Gers alleviated some pressure on boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst with a 1-0 win over Hearts at Ibrox on Wednesday thanks to Malik Tillman’s goal but the Hoops maintained their advantage with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Motherwell.

    Rangers travel to Paisley tomorrow to face St Mirren in the last game before the break for the World Cup and Barisic insists that the gap at the top of the table, opened up after 14 fixtures, is not too big and their title hopes are still alive.

    The Gers left-back said: ‘Too big? Nothing is too big. Everything can change in just a few games. It’s not small but it’s not that big and I don’t think we need to say now, we are second and that’s it. That can change in two or three games. We play against them like three times more, right?

    ‘This World Cup break will be good for us because players will come back and it will be much easier to play having a bigger and deeper squad.

    ‘We have something like ten players who are injured. A lot of them would play. When you miss that many, it’s not easy. In one month, people will come back for sure and I think we’ll be much stronger.

    Giovanni van Bronckhorst
    Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is under pressure (Picture: PA)

    The most important thing was three points against Hearts. We knew how we finished the last one against St Johnstone (lost 2-1). In this position we are in right now, the most important thing is to take three points. That’s all that matters.’

    While hoping Rangers can turn the title race around in their favour, Barisic can look forward to the World Cup after being named in the Croatia squad for Qatar.

    He said: ‘It’s one of the biggest dreams. What can I say? It’s the World Cup. You are representing your country, your family. That dream has come true.

    ‘I’m very thankful to Rangers as they gave me the chance that if I play well here I can be called for the national team.

    ‘I want to thank the staff, players and everyone around the club because they are a big part of this. And I will represent Rangers also, so I’m very proud.’

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