BORNA Barišić hopes he can make his Rangers debut this Sunday in order to repay the good wishes he has had from the Gers fans since joining.
The Croatian joined the club on Tuesday after a whirlwind week which saw him appear at Ibrox in the Europa League for NK Osijek before jetting back into Glasgow just days later to sign for the Light Blues.
Barišić impressed the crowd that evening and, while he admits he may need to adapt to the physical nature of Scottish football, he is desperate to get back onto the turf. He could make his bow against St Mirren in the Gers first home game of the Premiership season.
The 25-year-old said: “We will see if I play on Sunday, I hope that I will run out at Ibrox this weekend because it is a top atmosphere.
“I felt the atmosphere when I played here with Osijek, the fans are really positive; they are crazy and I like that.
“I didn’t know when I played here last week that I could be signing for Rangers. I played like I was the Osijek captain and for them but I am very happy to be here now.
“When I came here I got a lot of messages and I would like to thank all the fans for the kind words.
“Now I need to give back to them on the pitch but for me most importantly I want to play very good football in every game and then that will make them happy.
“There are many differences between Rangers and Osijek, in the club and around the club. Games here are more aggressive, the football is more aggressive and I need to adapt to that part of the game.”
The left-back joined up with fellow countryman Nikola Katic when he put pen to paper and he confesses the centre-half played a big part in his decision to move to Glasgow.
Barišić has had three caps for the Croatian national side and was in the World Cup Runners Up prelim squad for this summer’s tournament – he feels with Rangers backing he can establish himself on the international scene.
He continued: “This is a great club and a very big club, I have some great teammates here and there are some great staff. Everyone has been brilliant to me so far and I am very happy.
“I spoke to Nikola Katic before I signed; he said the club is top, the boss is top, the staff are top, teammates are top, fans are top and that everything is amazing.
“I don’t like to talk about the future but my mentality is that I always want to win, I want to win everything that we can and we need to train like this, play like this and that is the most important thing.
“Of course I hope playing here will help me with my national team, if I play well then I can of course get into the Croatia squad.”
Barišić is pictured as he helped the Rangers Charity Foundation announce Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) as its new National Charity Partner for Season 2018/19.
The Foundation pledge to raise £20,000 for CHSS as part of the partnership to pay to support 20 of the charity’s Rehabilitation Support Service volunteers and to fund 600 hours of its Advice Line service.