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Steven Gerrard insists Rangers star Borna Barisic is not for sale amid Roma, Napoli and Leeds links

Steven Gerrard insists it would take an exceptional offer for Rangers to consider removing the ‘not for sale’ sign from Borna Barisic.

The Croatian left-back notched a free-kick goal and an assist in Wednesday night’s 3-0 win over St Johnstone as he set about extending the excellent form witnessed last season.

Roma, Napoli and Leeds United have all been linked in recent months with interest in Barisic, who signed a new contract until 2024 in January.

Gerrard expects teams to be taking note of the 27-year-old ahead of the window closing in October, but warned he had not intention of cashing in.

‘We’re not surprised if there is any interest in Borna,’ said the Ibrox boss. ‘Of course we’re not because he has been a consistent performer for us for some time now and has started the season so brightly again.

‘But he has signed a long-term deal here, everyone loves him, the fans like him and he was in the running for player of the year.

‘Left-backs are difficult to get. It’s the reason why Arsenal paid so heavily for Kieran Tierney. It’s the reason why Jurgen Klopp has just had to spend £12million for another left-back (Kostas Tsimikas) when he already has one (Andy Robertson) that’s worth whatever amount of money.

‘They are difficult to get. And we own one.

‘It doesn’t matter, he’s staying here. He’s not for sale. But if someone did come, they would have to bring an awful lot of money with them.’

Asked if the contract position and Barisic’s contentment left Rangers in a strong position to deal with interest, Gerrard added: ‘We are even stronger than strong, really.

‘Borna is happy here, he’s settled. He loves it here and we love him.

‘We have all had to work ever so hard for that, no one more than Borna. His team-mates have helped him settle. And as a staff and a club we have worked ever so hard to make him happy.

‘So we want to just enjoy that and hope it stays like that for a long time.

‘But we are not deluded here. We know that every single player on the planet has a price.’

Gerrard is keen for Rangers to ensure this summer’s arrivals adapt as quickly as possible. New £6m strike duo Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten are in his squad for tomorrow’s Premiership trip to Livingston.

‘I’ve spoken to the leadership group here at length about helping Cedric settle as quick as we can,’ added Gerrard. ‘I do that with all the foreign players.

‘With the likes of Kemar and the more local lads, they tend to already know people in the dressing room. They are obviously used to the climate more and the kind of city.

‘But with the foreign players we all need to go out of our way to help them settle quicker.’

Nigerian centre-back Leon Balogun will miss the trip to West Lothian with a thigh injury sustained against St Johnstone, while Allan McGregor also remains sidelined.

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