Another fantastic Nikola Katic performance on Thursday left Rangers fans absolutely purring on social media.
The Croatian centre-back was solid alongside Connor Goldson, as Maribor failed to breach the Gers ever-improving defence.
Katic, signed for just £2 million this summer from Slaven Belupo, showed fantastic maturity for one still so young, as he has done pretty much since his arrival.
The 21-year-old was composed in possession, and rugged in the tackle, and he is fast becoming a real fan favourite at the club.
The importance of his contributions to the Steven Gerrard project should not be understated; Katic is a huge reason why the team have improved so much defensively since the Liverpool legend arrived at the club.
These photos speak for themselves 🔥 pic.twitter.com/FFlcrS3PT0
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) 16 August 2018
He is slowly proving to be a wonderfully shrewd piece of business, and there’s potential for him to become a Rangers cult hero in no time at all.
Collectively it was another great performance from the Gers, who worked their socks off to prevent Maribor from getting back into the tie with aggregate scoreline at 3-1 – the game on the night ending 0-0.
3-1 was a decent lead, but the Slovenians’ away goal had been a cause for concern. Ultimately though, the away side dealt with the fixture very professionally.
The Light Blues put in an industrious display and did not underestimate their opponents, and managed to hold their nerve late on as they cranked up the pressure – Allan McGregor saving a late penalty.
Fans were pleased to see that defensive solidity from Gerrard’s men on display once again, with Katic standing out at the Ljudski Stadion:
Katic is only 21. Unbelievable talent
— David King (@DavidKing10) 16 August 2018
Katic is brilliant
— Marc Amberger (@marc_1860) 16 August 2018
Katic doing that wee flick up over the attacker whilst under pressure was so class
— CROATIADEVOTEE 🇭🇷 (@DKeith0904) 16 August 2018
McGregor, Goldson, Katic, jack and Morelos. Outstanding
— stats (@Craig80Sandbach) 16 August 2018
21 years old, gets a dream move to Rangers to play in front of the best fans in the world under the management of Steven Gerrard – who quickly says in an interview how much he loves you and you get to say it back to him whilst looking into his eyes. Niko Katic is one of us now 💙 pic.twitter.com/7oAD6F0d4d
— Rossco (@Rossco5088) 17 August 2018
What a performance defensively from rangers btw unreal how good Katic and Goldson have been and mcgregor by far been our best signing madness actually feeling confident about a rangers back 4
— gary ryan (@garyryan1) 16 August 2018
Brilliant performance. McGregor, Katic and Goldson outstanding. Love watching this Rangers side
— Ross MacKenzie (@r_mackenzie8) 16 August 2018
It’ll be a sad, sad day but when the time comes, Rangers will make an absolute killing on Nikola Katić. The boy is cut from a different kind of cloth.
— Matthew (@fezza_safc) 16 August 2018
That flick from Katic though… What a baller
— Rangers Bantz (@RangersBanter17) 16 August 2018
Rangers defence showing Celtic how defend in a European away game , really like the look of katic
— 🏴David🏴 (@dtr1984) 16 August 2018