Rangers left-back Borna Barisic has revealed that he was thinking about leaving Ibrox during the second half of last season following a struggling start to life in Scotland.
The Croatian arrived from Osijek last summer for £2 million, but failed to hit the ground running.
Barisic couldn’t hold down a regular playing berth, while injuries also limited him to only 22 games – out of a possible 55 – across all competitions.
The 27-year-old returned from the summer break with the zeal to establish himself as a key player for the Light Blues, and has since become first-choice ahead of Jon Flanagan and Andy Halliday.
“To be honest, I did think about leaving Rangers. It was the second half of last season around February, March. It was a hard time for me. I had a few injuries and I couldn’t really settle down. That is normal when you keep getting injuries, you start to think maybe it is too much,” the full-back told The Scottish Sun.
“When you play for Rangers it isn’t just about your physicality, the mental side is really important too. To be a player here, you have to have that mentality to win every single game.
“In the summer, I thought of everything and I decided I wanted to come back and be a success at Rangers. I knew I needed to train when I was on holiday to make sure I was fit and ready to go this season.”
Barisic has featured in 18 games across all competitions for Rangers this term and is now starting to justify his transfer fees.