Gerrard: We had to beat competition to land Borna Barisic
The Rangers boss backed his latest signing to get back into the Croatian national side.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has said the club had to conclude the signing of Borna Barisic quickly to beat off competition for his signature.
The Croatian defender moved to Ibrox on Tuesday, signing a four-year contract as he moved from Osijek.
Barisic had played for Osijek in their Europa League qualifier against Gerrard's side over the last couple of weeks and scored a late equaliser at Ibrox in the second leg.
The manager said the player had been on his radar before the tie and he had been well briefed by a former Liverpool team-mate on his qualities.
"We knew the player," Gerrard said.
"As soon as we were drawn against Osijek in the competition I had a couple of conversations with Nikola Katic and I also spoke in great detail to Dejan Lovren and he made it very clear that their main threat was Borna."
Barisic becomes Rangers eleventh signing of the summer as Gerrard revamps his side and the manager said he was pleased to land a talent coveted by others.
"I think the club have performed very well in the last few days in terms of getting that signing in the door very quickly," he said.
"The reason being that we had to act very quickly because there were many, many teams trying to chase his services.
"I think that goes to show what type of player we've brought in the door."
The full-back has made three appearances for Croatia and even though he missed the cut for their memorable summer at the World Cup, his new manager tipped him to star for his country again.
"He's an international player," he said. "He was down to the last 30 in the Croatia squad for the World Cup that went on to the final.
"I think he's got potential to get back in that squad and that set-up with the Croatian national team and I think this platform will help him do that."