Rangers star Niko Katic has insisted that he “definitely” sees a future for him with the Croatian national team – despite recent speculation suggesting he could make the switch to represent Bosnia & Herzegovina instead.
The hugely popular defender was born in Bosnia but has represented Croatia at international level and has picked up one senior cap in a friendly against Mexico.
Prior to the recent international break, reports online suggested he could switch but Katic has re-affirmed his desire to represent the Croats and join Ibrox team-mate Borna Barisic in the World Cup finalist’s squad.
“Obviously Croatia were World Cup finalists, which means we have really good players who are with top clubs in Europe such as Liverpool, Barcelona and Real Madrid,” Katic said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“It is really difficult to break in there. But I have faith in myself and definitely think in the future that I will be a Croatia national team player.
“The only thing I can do for now is work hard and try and play better in every single game for Rangers to try and show the manager of the national team that I deserve to be there one day.”
The former Slaven Belupo star has just signed an extension to his Ibrox contract which keeps him at Ibrox until the summer of 2023 – much to the delight of fans on Twitter.
After representing the under-21s in the summer’s European Championship, Katic has been stuck in international limbo after becoming too old to continue at that level.
With Barisic seemingly the first-choice left-back for his country, Katic obviously has an opportunity to catch the eye and, at only 23, he still has plenty of time to force his way into the national set up.
Making himself first-pick at Ibrox before the likes of Filip Helander and George Edmundson will go a long way to helping Katic secure his international future but his performances for Rangers over the last 16 months have shown he definitely has the ability.