Borna Barisic is keeping mum on the rival he’s racing for most assists in a season.
The Croatian full-back has been transformed for Rangers this season and become one of Steven Gerrard’s most impressive attacking threats.
He has scored twice already this season, including a match winner at St Mirren, but it’s his set-up play that’s most eye-catching.
In recent seasons, skipper James Tavernier has provided the greatest threat from the right for Rangers, but now Barisic is chipping in from the other side of the pitch.
He’s keen to add to his stats at Easter Road on Friday as Rangers bid to keep on the shoulder of Celtic at the top of the Premiership.
The 27-year-old said: “I don’t have a competition with James for assists, but I do with another player who is not at Rangers, although I’m not giving his name for now.
“In the past I would perhaps get seven or eight assists in a season. At the moment I have 12, 11 for Rangers including five or six in the league and one for Croatia.
“I’m very pleased with my form. Of course I am happy with the assists and a couple of goals from an individual point of view, but I always look to whether we are playing well as a team, whether we are top of the table.
“We did well to qualify for the next stage in Europe but unfortunately lost the cup final. These are the most important things.”
Barisic spent his formative years in Croatia watching the Premier League on television, particularly the performances of countryman Luka Modric at Spurs.
He’s still rubbing his eyes at lining up alongside Jermain Defoe as the former England striker also caught his attention when turning out with the Croatian icon at White Hart Lane.
Barisic said: “The manager is in a nice position if he can change Alfredo for JD because he is every time JD plays he shows his quality. He has scored a lot of goals this season.
“I used to watch him play for Spurs because Luka Modric and Vedran Corluka were also there at that time.
“He is a top guy. I like him a lot. From the first day he came into the club he spoke a lot with the younger players, with everyone really.
“You can learn so much from him. He is always there for everyone and is very professional in everything he does.
“I hope we can keep him. It is good not only for the club but also for the players.
“JD has a lot of experience and it is really nice to speak to him about his career. He can help you that way.
“I like how professional he is in every aspect - before training, during training, after it in recovery. Even with his holidays, I have spoken to him about how much he rests and trains before pre-season.
“He is very good and strong to play against in training. He is so difficult in tight spaces and his finishing is excellent. He is always 100 per cent.
“When we do finishing in training, there is no ball he doesn’t want to shoot and score. You can learn a lot from his approach.”