Rangers loanee Niko Katic scored a late own goal as Hajduk Split drew 3-3 with NK Lokomotiva, a result which dents their title challenge.

Katic started for Hajduk and played the full 90 minutes as they aimed to move one point behind league leaders Rijeka with a victory against the team currently sitting in midtable.

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Rangers loanee Niko Katic moved to Hajduk Split on loan during the summer to regain match fitness.(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hajduk had held a 3-2 lead going into the final five minutes before the Rangers defender scored an own goal and denied the side all three points.

He wasn’t the only player to score into his own net during the match, Katic’s defensive partner Josip Elez gave NK the lead by scoring at the wrong end.


Jan Mlakar scored twice for Katic’s adopted side which gave them a narrow advantage heading into the final moments before disaster struck.

The defender has had his fair share of disappointing moments whilst out on loan, most notably when he was hooked against Rijeka after being at fault for the equaliser at 1-1 and conceding a penalty, although Hajduk eventually won the tie 3-2.

With Rangers’ current defensive options being stretched at the minute with a combination of injuries and form issues, there has been plenty of talk about recalling the player in January.

This recent performance shows that there is still a lot of work to be done before he can realistically come back to the Ibrox side and slot straight into the starting XI.

A serious injury at the beginning of last season meant he missed out on arguably Rangers greatest ever achievement and he was sent out on loan this season to regain match fitness and come back stronger.

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Rangers Niko Katic scored the winner against Celtic in 2019, the player is currently on loan at Croatian side Hajduk Split. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Is there still a future for the 25-year-old at Ibrox? Only time will tell.

In other news, Rangers star Scott Arfield admits he is happy at the club, yet his future remains unclear.

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