GARY MCALLISTER has confirmed that Gers left-back Borna Barisic will not feature at McDiarmid Park on Sunday after he picked up an injury against Braga at Ibrox on Thursday night.
The Croatian star suffered a painful blow to the kidney area which meant he had to be taken off and replaced by Greg Stewart in the 73rd minute of the club’s Europa League Round of 32 first leg.
McAllister, speaking at a press conference ahead of this weekend’s Premiership fixture against St Johnstone in Perth, said: “He took a bad blow to the kidney area, so he is out for the weekend.
“He needs a few days of rest and we’ll see how things go – but he has taken a big blow and he’s sore this morning.”
When asked if Barisic would be fit to face Braga in the second leg in Portugal next week, he responded: “We’ll just have to monitor things and the next couple of days are crucial for that one. But if you had seen him last night he was in a lot of pain.”
McAllister hopes the Light Blues can replicate the form they showed in the last 25 minutes against Braga when they face a St Johnstone side that, in their last five games, have recorded three wins and two draws.
He continued: “Yeah, you would say some of the moments last night, if you repeated that sort of level of performance and at the speed that we played at, the domestic games should run out easy, but it’s not the case. Every game is different.
“Last night there were two teams trying to win and sometimes we play against teams where that is not the case. The question that is asked about us is, can we break a low block? That’s the thing – the games are very different and we’ve got to adapt and get better.”
After another impressive European result last night, McAllister admits the challenge for the Rangers players is to find those same levels when they return to domestic football.
He said: “That’s where we need the magic formula. It’s about the players and recreating the same sort of thoughts, the visualisation that is required and the levels and the speed that you play at against players that are very good.
“It’s just repeating and repeating and that’s what the teams at the very top do. They just repeat and repeat and find a way.
“St Johnstone are going well, they have had a few good results. Going to Perth is never easy and it’s a quick turnover again and then another quick turnover to go over to Portugal next week.
“We’ve got a big squad and we’ll look at how people are feeling this morning and then we pick a team to combat St Johnstone and then go to Portugal.”