Nottingham Forest in hunt to sign Rangers left-back Borna Barisic as mega-money transfer blitz continues

Nottingham Forest are now in the hunt to sign Rangers’ Borna Barisic as they aim to sign a new left-back, according to the Mail On Sunday.

The newspaper reported via their print edition on 14 August (page 141) that Forest have already spent £83.4million on new players since winning promotion to the Premier League and could smash through the £100million barrier if they land their mooted targets.

Barisic, 29, is now on Forest’s radar with Steve Cooper keen on a new left-back. Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri is also said to be a target at the City Ground.


Too late?

Although we cannot say we’re the biggest fans of Barisic, it might be too late in the summer transfer window now to start selling off key players.

Barisic hasn’t had the best of starts to the new season and he even almost cost the Gers a goal on Saturday (13 August) in their 4-0 win over St Johnstone at Ibrox.

The Croatian international is constantly found out sleeping when he’s forced to do his defensive duties while his ability going forward and getting crosses into the box is inconsistent, to say the least.

Last season, he was made to look better by Calvin Bassey once the now-Ajax ace moved into the left-sided centre-back role but with much change at Ibrox this summer, Barisic appears to be back to his usual poor self.


Ridvan Yilmaz has joined the Gers to offer competition at left-back and we’d much rather see him play.

But despite Barisic’s flaws, he’s a good option and has been, overall, a good servant for the Light Blues in his time at Ibrox.

If he’s sold now with just over two weeks left of the transfer window, Rangers would have to sign a replacement and we’d rather the club spent their time instead on keeping players at Ibrox rather than selling them.

If Forest come in with a ridiculously big offer then we might have to change that view.

Michael Stewart praises Antonio Colak for controversial Rangers sequence v St Johnstone

Michael Stewart gave credit to Rangers striker Antontio Colak for the way he took his goal despite saying it was offside in the win against St Johnstone.

The summer signing scored his third in three games to put the Gers two up in their 4-0 Scottish Premiership win on Saturday (13 August), but replays showed that he was offside when the last touch by Rabbi Matondo was made in the build up.

The Welsh winger showed fantastic industry to close down Drey Wright inside the visitors’ box, putting in a sliding tackle which sent the ball through to the Croatian international who came back from beyond the last man, but without VAR yet in Scotland it wasn’t picked up and he slammed it low into the net.


Stewart accepted that it was a difficult decision for the assistant to see with the striker moving back rather than forward, and applauded the 28-year-old’s play.

Speaking on BBC Sportscene [14min 30sec] about whether it should have been ruled out he said: “Technically yes, but these things are very difficult for linesmen and such like to call when they’re stepping back here. But you notice when the ball’s played he is the other side [of the last defender].

“But in a flash he’s back onside, and to give him credit it’s a good first touch, spin, and it’s under the keeper before he can really react.”

Magnanimous

It was a surprisingly fair assessment of a decision that went in Rangers’ favour, but it was probably the correct one.

No side will be pleased to see a goal go against them that should have been ruled out, but until the video assistant is brought into the league this sort of thing will continue to happen.

Matondo deserves more praise than Colak really for the goal, which he created out of nothing by challenging Wright.


Once the second had gone in the game was essentially won, with further strikes from Scott Arfield after another nice assist from Matondo, and Tom Lawrence’s first for the club, made it comfortable.

But while it was 1-0, with the gap between the sides only Malik Tillman’s second soaring header in as many Ibrox outings, there is always the possibility that the home side could be caught on the break and end up with frustrating dropped points.

Commitment from one new signing and a sharp finish from another, along with two more goals and an assist from the window’s arrivals, will have made Giovanni van Bronckhorst very satisfied ahead of the first leg against PSV in the crucial European qualifying tie.

He Could Be Special – Former Rangers Star Impressed By Gers New Boy

Former Rangers star Craig Moore is of the view that the Gers’ new boy Malik Tillman is exhibiting promising signs, but warned that the challenge will be maintaining consistency at Ibrox.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder arrived at Ibrox from Bayern Munich on a season-long loan, with an option to make the move permanent next summer.

Tillman has featured heavily Rangers this season and scored the winning goal against Union Saint Gilloise in the second leg of their Champions League qualifier on Tuesday, as well as striking on Saturday in a 4-0 win over St Johnstone.

Moore is of the opinion that Rangers’ fans will be impressed by the attacking midfielder’s positive exhibition in the last few matches, but warned that the challenge for Tillman will be to maintain consistency.

The ex-Rangers star explained that he is impressed by Tillman’s desire to make things happen in the final-third and believes that the 20-year-old needs regular game time to develop.

“The early signs are very positive because I think the fans realise this boy could be a bit special”, Moore was quoted saying by the Daily Record.

“The challenge for any young footballer is trying to find that level of consistency but you can only get that on the back of playing regular football matches and making the odd mistake along the way.

“What he needs is to build up experience and to be exposed to a high end pressure which he’s most certainly going to get at Ibrox.

“But what I like about him already is his desire to get on the ball and make things happen.”

Tillman will now be hoping to be able to help Rangers progress in the Champions League and secure a spot in the group stage of the competition.

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