Rangers’ hopes of defeating Old Firm rivals Celtic in Sunday’s Betfred Cup final (Rangers 9/4, Celtic 6/5, Draw 5/2 – Match Betting) could be hampered by the absence of influential left-back Borna Barisic to injury

 

The 27-year-old Croatian full-back is an influential figure in Gers boss Steven Gerrard’s side since arriving in a £2.2million deal from Osijek in summer 2018.

However, Barisic, who has chipped in with 11 assists already this season, was a big miss on Wednesday night as the Light Blues threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 against Aberdeen at Pittodrie and slipped two points behind Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic (Rangers 2/1 Outright).

Jon Flanagan, who was at fault in the build-up to Aberdeen’s second goal, will keep his place against Neil Lennon’s side should Barisic fail to prove his fitness in time.

The player has been receiving pain-killing injections since picking up a knock against Hamilton last month and Gerrard is unsure if he will be ready to face Celtic.

He told the Daily Record: “Barisic is a doubt for Sunday. He was limping about on Tuesday.

“He has been receiving treatment but at the moment he is a doubt. He’s had three or four kicks on his foot and has bone bruising there.”

Gerrard also warned his players that they must manage games better when in control as they are 11/8 to lift the Betfred Cup this weekend.

He added: “We were too confident at 2-0 and Aberdeen went direct in the second half and we couldn’t handle the pressure.

“We conceded another goal and they had chances again. It’s frustrating as had we done what we were doing we would have won the game.

“We need to manage games better, especially when you are away to your rivals. At 2-0 up, to concede a goal like that is disappointing.”

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