Jackie McNamara has become the latest ex-Celtic player to tell Steven Gerrard that he should snap the owner’s hand off should he receive an offer of over £10m for Borna Barisic.
Speaking to Football Insider, McNamara explains why they would be wise to accept the offer.
So what has McNamara said?
When asked if he believes that Rangers truly value Barisic at £10m or if they are just trying to deter potential suitors, McNamara said:
“I think if they got that for him, they’d be doing cartwheels”.
“Maybe that price is to scare them off just for now because if they got that, they’d reinvest it right away as they could get a few players that they probably want”.
So is McNamara correct?
On paper, if Rangers were to sell a player for £10m having paid around £2m for him just 18-months ago you would be forgiven for assuming it was a sound piece of business.
However, what McNamara and Charlie Nicholas earlier in the week, fail to mention, is that he is Croatia’s first choice left-back, is going to the European Championships this summer and Celtic’s left-back departed in the summer for £25m.
As a direct comparison, Tierney had 6 assists in 40 games last season and currently has 2 in 12 games this term, Barisic had 7 assists in just 27 appearances last term and is already on 13 in 27 in 2019/20. The Croatian is also a weapon from set-pieces, not just in support of others but directly scoring three stunning free-kicks for the Light Blues already this season.
It is the closest title race for nearly a decade and Barisic is one of Rangers main attacking threats as well as a reliable performer defensively, Steven Gerrard has already said that none of his key men will be leaving in January and that they are looking to reward him for his form with a new contract.
Should Rangers let Borna Barisic go for less than the £25m Arsenal paid for Kieran Tierney?
In a similar situation to the interest in Glen Kamara, the Gers will be fully aware of how much a successful Euro 2020 could add to their players’ value, far from doing cartwheels, they would be clowns if they were to even consider selling some of their biggest assets in this window.