Borna Barisic and John Lundstram Have Opened up about Their Decision to Join Trabzonspor

Former Rangers players Borna Barisic and John Lundstram have opened up about their decision to join Turkish club Trabzonspor after leaving Ibrox.

Both players departed Rangers after significant spells at the club, six years for Barisic and three for Lundstram. While Lundstram had options in England, Barisic saw a chance to return closer to his Croatian roots. Their Rangers tenure ended with a Scottish Cup final defeat to Celtic, with Lundstram’s own goal and red card leaving a bitter taste.

Despite the Glasgow farewell, Lundstram expressed excitement for the new chapter. He revealed the influence of former teammate Ridvan Yilmaz in his decision: “‘I am incredibly happy, such a warm welcome made me extremely happy,’ Lundstram said. ‘I can’t wait to start. The transfer went very easily. Thanks to Borna, the first call came, he said that the coach and the club liked me. We talked and I said ‘let’s go there.’ I talked to my friend Yılmaz, I had information about the city and the fans before.’”

Barisic echoed Lundstram’s sentiment, highlighting the positive experience: “‘I am incredibly happy,’ Barisic added. ‘We did not expect such a warm welcome. We are very excited to be here. The transfer process was very easy. It was completed quickly. Because the intention of both parties was for a positive outcome.’”

Barisic also expressed his eagerness to get started: “‘When I received a phone call from Trabzonspor, I signed up here,’ Barisic said. ‘I said I wanted to wear it, and the process went well. My jersey number is not yet clear.’”