Nikola Katic joined Rangers quite early in the Summer for a £1.5m deal from Slaven Bepulo.
Not much was known about the 21-year-old centre half, but his transferred ushered in transfer moves in more creative markets.
Fellow Croatian Borna Barisic and Albanian international would follow from the Croatian First Football League. There were also plenty of other rumours.
The towering 6ft 4inch defender has been the image of consistency across the Rangers backline both at home and abroad. Up until the match with Villarreal, the young Katic had played every game for the team this season.
He has forged quite the partnership with Connor Goldson and has also contributed two goals. One against fellow Croatians Osijek and one against Ayr United.
Commanding in the air and composed on the ball, he’s made a huge impression at the club. Surely he’ll be doing the same for his national side Croatia?
One cap and more to come
Katic has already been capped by Croatia. Given he can also play for Bosnia & Herezgovenia, perhaps that’s more just to ensure he will be a part of the squad in the future.
Katic made his international debut in a 2-1 Croatia win v Mexico in May last year. He’s yet to add to it but Slaven Bepulo’s Sport Director Zvonimir Simunovic is sure he will.
“Vedran Corluka and Dejan Lovren have been top class for Croatia for a long time but Nikola can get close to them if he keeps developing,” said Simunovic.
“I am sure as a Rangers player he’ll be closer to becoming a regular national team player. He didn’t make the World Cup squad this time but he has been a regular member of the under-21s.”
As Borna Barisic was called up to the Croatian National Side for their last squad, there’s no doubt the National team have eyes on Ibrox.
Katic will have to be on top form to beat the likes of Vedran Corluka, Dejan Lovren, Matej Mitrovic and Dominaj Vida to a starting berth.
That can only be a good thing for Rangers.