Rangers centre-half Nikola Katic has been given emphatic backing by Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic after the talented stopper suffered a serious knee injury.

Rangers confirmed that Katic has picked up a serious injury which is likely to keep him out for the “foreseeable future” in a massive blow for the 23-year-old defender.

But in a season where Katic would’ve been hoping to break into the Croatian squad ahead of EURO 2021, Dalic is adamant Katic will still be given a shot should he recover in time.

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Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic rates Rangers defender Niko Katic very highly. (Photo by Luka Stanzl – Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images)

“I can’t say too much about Niko as I know he is injured and we are waiting to hear how serious it is,” said Dalic [Daily Record].

“But Niko is of great interest to me and I certainly hope he makes a speedy recovery. I hope he is back very soon and I will be keeping in touch with him.

“For sure we will keep a place open in the national team for him.”

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Katic has been unable to add to his solitary Croatia cap but the comments of Dalic suggest the World Cup runners up are keeping a close eye on his progress.

 

Alongside Borna Barisic – described as “first option” for Croatia by Dalic – Rangers have two big talents from the Balkans in their squad.

Dalic rounded on this as he praised Niko Katic for the progress he has made in Scotland since signing for Rangers from Slaven Bepulo for a reported £1.3m.

“Niko is young and he has lots of time on his side to come back from this,” he said.

“He is a player I rate highly. He is playing at a very high level.

Rangers fans will be wishing Niko Katic all the best in his recovery and look forward to seeing him back in a Rangers shirt. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“He has improved a lot in his time in Scotland.”

Rangers fans rallied around Niko Katic after the news he has picked up a serious knee injury dropped, with the big 6ft4 defender a firm favourite amongst the Ibrox faithful.

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