Former Rangers star Derek Ferguson expressed strong opinions about the future of left-back Borna Barisic, asserting that the Croatian player should not be offered a new contract extension. Ferguson, known for his candid analysis, discussed Barisic’s performance, contract status, and potential replacements, shedding light on the ongoing debate surrounding the experienced left-back.
Borna Barisic, who joined Rangers in 2018 from Osijek for a £2.2 million transfer fee, has played a crucial role in the team, making 223 appearances and contributing 52 assists with his impressive crossing ability. Despite his valuable contributions, the 31-year-old finds himself at a crossroads as his current contract with Rangers is set to expire at the end of the season.
Derek Ferguson did not mince words when sharing his perspective on Borna Barisic’s future with the club. In the podcast, he emphasized that, if given the authority, Barisic would have “zero chances” of securing a new contract with Rangers. Ferguson, critical of the left-back, suggested that the Viaplay Cup Final against Aberdeen might be an opportune moment to evaluate the performance of Barisic and his potential replacement.
Ferguson also discussed Ridvan Yilmaz, a £5 million signing from Besiktas in 2022, expressing dissatisfaction with the player’s performances. When faced with the choice between Yilmaz and Barisic for a starting spot in the upcoming final, Ferguson promptly selected the more experienced Croatian. However, he made it clear that neither Barisic nor Yilmaz meets his standards, urging the club to address the left-back position during the up
In a direct quote, Ferguson stated, “It’s a difficult one for Barisic because he’s out of contract as well. Barisic plays within himself.” Responding to a query about offering Barisic a new deal, he emphatically declared, “No chance. That’s a problem area for Rangers (at left-back). They need to suss that out and bring players in in January. Barisic and Ridvan are not good enough for me.”