Rangers fans might be getting sick of links to Aston Villa but supporters will be glad to hear that Matt Targett has found his scoring touch amid high-profile links to Borna Barisic.

Croatian international Borna is one of a number of players who’ve been linked to the Premier League side ever since Steven Gerrard left Glasgow for Birmingham.

But as the Villains recorded a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace – Gerrard’s second out of two matches in charge at Villa Park – the man Barisic is primed to replace made a telling contribution.

Villa left-back Matt Targett scored the opener in the victory and staked his claim for a first-team place amid reports suggesting Gerrard and co want to sign a replacement.

Rangers’ Borna Barisic touted as Matt Targett replacement at Aston Villa

That’s according to The Sunday Mirror (21/11, p72) who claim that Gerrard is considering an £8m bid for Borna Barisic with the Villains currently short at left-back.

According to the Sun, Villa are also casting their net far and wide for a replacement with the club having “cash to spend” on the position this winter.

But in netting in the win at Selhurst Park, 26-year-old Targett will do his chances of convincing Gerrard, McAllister, Beale and co that he can make the position his own.

For Rangers – and despite Barisic’s stuttering form this season – a run of good form for Targett may provide a transfer boost in that Gerrard doesn’t come back in for the former NK Osijek captain.

Rangers left-back Borna Barisic has been linked with a reunion with Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Whilst it’s difficult to ascertain the seriousness of the links – especially given the fact any link between Gerrard and a Rangers player is an easy one to make – fans will have one eye on the upcoming window in this regard.

Borna, 29, might not have hit the heights of last season at times, but there are few teams in world football who’d be stronger for losing a Croatian international from the side.

Meanwhile, one key Rangers first-teamer has been directly impacted by new restrictions placed on the nation of his birth.

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