Rangers defender Niko Katic found himself pushed out of the starting XI for last night’s win over Aberdeen following Connor Goldson’s return from injury – and the Croat looks like he’ll need to be patient as he tries to win a regular place in the side.

Katic has impressed in recent games since returning to the side and the decision to axe him last night wasn’t well-received by some fans.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 03: Nikola Katic of Rangers is seen during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and SK Rapid Wien at Rangers Auchenhowie Training Centre on October 3, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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After making a strong start at Ibrox, Katic was forced out by Joe Worrall’s arrival and barely featured since November.

Goldson’s injury lay-off after the winter break opened up a chance for Katic – which he grabbed with both hands.

Despite that, Gerrard opted for Goldson and Worrall at Pittodrie with Katic making a late appearance from the bench.

It seems that Gerrard prefers Worrall currently – or at least that he offers more – and Goldson is an automatic pick.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Joe Worrall of Rangers celebrates at full time during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Worrall had had a few shaky moments himself but was singled out for praise by Gerrard for his reaction to his recent setbacks.

 

Worrall’s loan is up at the end of the season so Katic may get his chance next season.

He’s already shown he has the ability to be a formidable presence in the Gers’ defence alongside Goldson.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Connor Goldson of Rangers celebrates at the final whistle as Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With 24 appearances under his belt since arriving from Slaven Belupo, he has really impressed fans.

There have been times where his performances haven’t been great – although that’s to be expected.

Since returning to the side, he’s shown no sign of earlier mistakes affecting his game.

At only 22, he has plenty of time to make his mark at Ibrox – he’ll just need to be patient.