Borna has high praise and advice for Leon King

ItsInTheNet

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INJURIES, a suspension and a switch to a far more defensive formation saw Leon King drafted in to the Rangers side that took to the field against Liverpool in the Champions League match at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Yet, Borna Barisic is in no doubt the 18-year-old will feature regularly going forward regardless of the circumstances after being impressed by his team mate’s mature and assured display against the English giants on Merseyside.

There were very few positives for the Ibrox club to take out of their third Group A game; they were well beaten by hosts who dominated from kick-off to the final whistle and remain bottom of the section without any points.

If their veteran goalkeeper Allan McGregor, who pulled off a string of saves from Mo Salah, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez, had not been in such inspired form they would have been on the receiving end of another doing.

The way that King acquitted himself, though, was notable. The centre half gave away a penalty which Salah converted when he brought down Diaz in the second-half. That aside, the youngster did well against one of the best sides in the world game. He was comfortable in possession and made several important tackles.

Barisic believes the Scot, who had made just 15 first team appearances before the outing down south and only got the nod because Filip Helander, James Sands and John Souttar were all unavailable, can be proud of his showing and will benefit greatly from the experience.

“I spoke with him after the game and I congratulated him,” he said. “It is not easy. He is 18-years-old. To go to Anfield and play like he played is a very big thing for the club and for him personally.

“A performance like that can only give him confidence to grow up. There is a long, long way in front of him and a lot of big moments. But I think he can hold his head up after this game and can be very positive.

“He needs to learn that in three days there is another game (Rangers play St Mirren at home in the cinch Premiership on Saturday) and he needs to forget this one. He has to take positive things out of the Liverpool game and do things better going forward.

But I think he has a bright future. He is a great lad.”

Barisic added: “Yes, he probably got in because we have some injuries, but it doesn’t matter. In football you never know. Sometimes you are on the bench for 10 games and then in one game everything turns.

“We play every three or four days, the schedule is crazy. You need to prepare all the time. He acts well in training and is a very good lad off the pitch.

He is always on top of the world. That is why he can go to Anfield and play like he played. He has a lot of quality as well.”

So does Barisic. The left back endured a torrid 90 minutes in direct opposition to Salah on Tuesday night. But he stuck to his task manfully and was not at fault for either of the goals that Rangers conceded against Liverpool.

When the Europa League finalists signed Turkish internationalist Ridvan Yilmaz from Besiktas for £3.4m back in July, it appeared as if the 29-year-old’s position in the starting line-up was under threat. But he has responded to the challenge and retained his place.

The 27-times capped defender revealed that he is keen to be included in the Croatia squad that travels to the Qatar 2022 finals next month and is determined to maintain his current performance levels.

“Listen, I am in the place where I wanted to be,” said Barisic. “From the start of pre-season, I said to myself there were some things that I wanted to do. I was very motivated.

“Even before pre-season, I worked very hard to be prepared, to not get injured, to play all the time because I know the season will be tough and there is a World Cup coming. So I was very motivated. I am in the place I wanted to be. I am happy that I am in a very good place and I can help the team.”

Barisic’s immediate goals now are to help Rangers maintain their push for the Scottish title, fare better in the rematch with Liverpool at Ibrox next week and register their first points of their first Champions League campaign in 12 years.

“In the Champions League you don’t have time and small details always decide a game,” he said. “But I think we grow which is the most important thing. We can take many positive things from the game, but we also still have to learn a lot.

“Liverpool are one of the best teams in the world. But we have two feet on the ground. That is the most important thing. The biggest thing is that we grow as a team in the Champions League.

“That can help us to grow and be better in our league, which is the most important thing for us. We will learn from this, we will grow, we will take positives.”

“It wasn’t an easy game, of course. We knew before the game where we had come to. Anfield is always a hard place to play. But I think that we played a good match.

“I think we have progressed. IK said it before, we want to do better in every Champions League game. Especially in the second-half, we played much better. They scored two goals from set pieces. We lost, we are disappointed, but we can take some positive things from the game.”
 

Hammy

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Didn’t realise he’d been involved in as many as 15 first team games as the article says. Thought it’d be closer to half that.
 

archimedes

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I know a lot of people don't like him, but to me, Borna is a guy I don't want us to lose.
He is always first to stand up for his team-mates, and is clearly giving young Leon some praise and building up his confidence.
He needs a decent left winger in front of him. Either that, or Kent to get his finger out his arse and start playing like we know he can.
 

sh3lldon

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I know a lot of people don't like him, but to me, Borna is a guy I don't want us to lose.
He is always first to stand up for his team-mates, and is clearly giving young Leon some praise and building up his confidence.
He needs a decent left winger in front of him. Either that, or Kent to get his finger out his arse and start playing like we know he can.

Cant agree next season needs to be Yilmaz or another option starting most games but thats for another thread haha

There is nothing better than seeing someone come through the ranks and get proper game time and chances hopefully he keeps getting better
 

archimedes

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Cant agree next season needs to be Yilmaz or another option starting most games but thats for another thread haha

There is nothing better than seeing someone come through the ranks and get proper game time and chances hopefully he keeps getting better
What have you seen in Yilmaz that makes you think he is better?
 

devilman

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The lad looks a good player and deserves to be getting these runs in the team. I think he's going to go on to be a big player for us.
 

BigTinder86

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Didn’t realise how quick he is and he looks a strong boy and at 18 I would imagine he still has to fill out in to his ‘mans’ body.

Noticed as well, I think he’s left footed and he was played on the right of the back 3, instead of Ben Davies who I think is also left footed.

Also, felt Tav didn’t offer him much help all night!

Only slight criticism was when he got out jumped my Matip at the corner.
 

ssblue

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Didn’t realise how quick he is and he looks a strong boy and at 18 I would imagine he still has to fill out in to his ‘mans’ body.

Noticed as well, I think he’s left footed and he was played on the right of the back 3, instead of Ben Davies who I think is also left footed.

Also, felt Tav didn’t offer him much help all night!

Only slight criticism was when he got out jumped my Matip at the corner.
Matip is 4 inches taller so that played a part.
 

DEJA BLUE

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I know a lot of people don't like him, but to me, Borna is a guy I don't want us to lose.
He is always first to stand up for his team-mates, and is clearly giving young Leon some praise and building up his confidence.
He needs a decent left winger in front of him. Either that, or Kent to get his finger out his arse and start playing like we know he can.
Some people are very easily pleased , for me he's a poor defender/ player his positional sense is woeful, maybe I've been spoiled over many seasons seeing some very good full backs , but he is a large part of us losing matches, gerrard seen thru him early on ,should have been sold 2 years ago. Switching to Leon King , hugely promising player he looked excellent on tuesday, a tough game for him, but looked composed and assured , look forward to see much more of him.
 
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Shengus Malengus

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INJURIES, a suspension and a switch to a far more defensive formation saw Leon King drafted in to the Rangers side that took to the field against Liverpool in the Champions League match at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Yet, Borna Barisic is in no doubt the 18-year-old will feature regularly going forward regardless of the circumstances after being impressed by his team mate’s mature and assured display against the English giants on Merseyside.

There were very few positives for the Ibrox club to take out of their third Group A game; they were well beaten by hosts who dominated from kick-off to the final whistle and remain bottom of the section without any points.

If their veteran goalkeeper Allan McGregor, who pulled off a string of saves from Mo Salah, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez, had not been in such inspired form they would have been on the receiving end of another doing.

The way that King acquitted himself, though, was notable. The centre half gave away a penalty which Salah converted when he brought down Diaz in the second-half. That aside, the youngster did well against one of the best sides in the world game. He was comfortable in possession and made several important tackles.

Barisic believes the Scot, who had made just 15 first team appearances before the outing down south and only got the nod because Filip Helander, James Sands and John Souttar were all unavailable, can be proud of his showing and will benefit greatly from the experience.

“I spoke with him after the game and I congratulated him,” he said. “It is not easy. He is 18-years-old. To go to Anfield and play like he played is a very big thing for the club and for him personally.

“A performance like that can only give him confidence to grow up. There is a long, long way in front of him and a lot of big moments. But I think he can hold his head up after this game and can be very positive.

“He needs to learn that in three days there is another game (Rangers play St Mirren at home in the cinch Premiership on Saturday) and he needs to forget this one. He has to take positive things out of the Liverpool game and do things better going forward.

But I think he has a bright future. He is a great lad.”

Barisic added: “Yes, he probably got in because we have some injuries, but it doesn’t matter. In football you never know. Sometimes you are on the bench for 10 games and then in one game everything turns.

“We play every three or four days, the schedule is crazy. You need to prepare all the time. He acts well in training and is a very good lad off the pitch.

He is always on top of the world. That is why he can go to Anfield and play like he played. He has a lot of quality as well.”

So does Barisic. The left back endured a torrid 90 minutes in direct opposition to Salah on Tuesday night. But he stuck to his task manfully and was not at fault for either of the goals that Rangers conceded against Liverpool.

When the Europa League finalists signed Turkish internationalist Ridvan Yilmaz from Besiktas for £3.4m back in July, it appeared as if the 29-year-old’s position in the starting line-up was under threat. But he has responded to the challenge and retained his place.

The 27-times capped defender revealed that he is keen to be included in the Croatia squad that travels to the Qatar 2022 finals next month and is determined to maintain his current performance levels.

“Listen, I am in the place where I wanted to be,” said Barisic. “From the start of pre-season, I said to myself there were some things that I wanted to do. I was very motivated.

“Even before pre-season, I worked very hard to be prepared, to not get injured, to play all the time because I know the season will be tough and there is a World Cup coming. So I was very motivated. I am in the place I wanted to be. I am happy that I am in a very good place and I can help the team.”

Barisic’s immediate goals now are to help Rangers maintain their push for the Scottish title, fare better in the rematch with Liverpool at Ibrox next week and register their first points of their first Champions League campaign in 12 years.

“In the Champions League you don’t have time and small details always decide a game,” he said. “But I think we grow which is the most important thing. We can take many positive things from the game, but we also still have to learn a lot.

“Liverpool are one of the best teams in the world. But we have two feet on the ground. That is the most important thing. The biggest thing is that we grow as a team in the Champions League.

“That can help us to grow and be better in our league, which is the most important thing for us. We will learn from this, we will grow, we will take positives.”

“It wasn’t an easy game, of course. We knew before the game where we had come to. Anfield is always a hard place to play. But I think that we played a good match.

“I think we have progressed. IK said it before, we want to do better in every Champions League game. Especially in the second-half, we played much better. They scored two goals from set pieces. We lost, we are disappointed, but we can take some positive things from the game.”
Liverpool “Dominated from the start to the final whistle”.

Lying c unts.
We were all over them in the last 10 minutes.(ish)
 

Alfred Blair

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Some people are very easily pleased , for me he's a poor defender/ player his positional sense is woeful, maybe I've been spoiled over many seasons seeing some very good left backs , but he is a large part of us losing matches, gerrard seen thru him early on ,should have been sold 2 years ago. Switching to Leon King , hugely promising player he looked excellent on tuesday, a tough game for him, but looked composed and assured , look forward to see much more of him.
Looks good hopefully start to get more game time and kick on
 

Glasgow Rangers (Sco)

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I know a lot of people don't like him, but to me, Borna is a guy I don't want us to lose.
He is always first to stand up for his team-mates, and is clearly giving young Leon some praise and building up his confidence.
He needs a decent left winger in front of him. Either that, or Kent to get his finger out his arse and start playing like we know he can.
I don’t think this is lost on GVB too
 

148bear

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I know a lot of people don't like him, but to me, Borna is a guy I don't want us to lose.
He is always first to stand up for his team-mates, and is clearly giving young Leon some praise and building up his confidence.
He needs a decent left winger in front of him. Either that, or Kent to get his finger out his arse and start playing like we know he can.
Really after his performance against them a couple of games ago he should have been out the door a total surrender, I wont miss him a bottle merchant he needs replaced asap get the boy weve bought on the park to replace him game time asap.
 

GeckoBear29

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I know a lot of people don't like him, but to me, Borna is a guy I don't want us to lose.
He is always first to stand up for his team-mates, and is clearly giving young Leon some praise and building up his confidence.
He needs a decent left winger in front of him. Either that, or Kent to get his finger out his arse and start playing like we know he can.
The best leaders in the team aren’t always the best players. Might be different behind the scenes but Borna seems to me that he’s a top guy in the team,but not the best player anymore
 

mark hateley

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The usual dinosaurs will be on to moan about his height in a second. This despite the fact he has plenty of time to fill out.

That Man U defender looks the part at 5'9.

There was once a player at the same height that actually won the world cup and played for Real Madrid, might have dreamt this tho as you have to be 6'1 and above to play defence.
 
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