Rangers closing in on Croatia full-back Borna Barisic

Rangers are set to announce the £2million signing of Osijek captain Borna Barisic after being wowed by his displays against them in their recent Europa League clashes.

The Croatian international was the stand-out performer from Zoran Zekic’s side as they pushed Gers close before going down 2-1 on aggregate.

Now Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard has ordered director of football Mark Allen to rush through a deal for the 25-year-old full-back.

He was pictured leaving the Light Blues’ Hummel Training Centre on Monday afternoon after completing a medical and Rangers hope to confirm an agreement for their 11th summer signing imminently.

If Barisic – who was part of Croatia’s 32-man pre-World Cup squad but missed the cut as his compatriots went all the way to the final of Russia 2018 – does complete his move, he will complete with Jon Flanagan for the left-back slot in Gerrard’s line-up.

But it will likely spell the end of Lee Wallace and Declan John’s Ibrox careers, with reports suggesting Swansea are set to offer Welsh international John the chance of a return to the principality.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Football Association have confirmed Rangers have not yet lodged an appeal against Alfredo Morelos’ Pittodrie red card.

The Colombian frontman was dismissed just 12 minutes into Sunday’s clash after appearing to kick out at Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna off the ball.

Gerrard felt McKenna had provoked his player with “two violent barges”.

But when asked after the 1-1 draw with Derek McInnes’ side whether he would challenge the decision, the Ibrox manager said: “There are always emotions straight after the game. We’ve got a long journey back to reflect and decide on it.”

Gers have until 3pm on Tuesday to submit an appeal. If they do not, Morelos will be handed a two-game ban, ruling him out of Sunday’s Ladbrokes Premiership clash with St Mirren as well as their Betfred Cup clash at Kilmarnock on August 19.

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