In today’s press conference, as captured by RangersTV, Nikola Katic showed real class with his comments ahead of a rare run in the Rangers starting lineup.
The 23-year-old Croatian played 90 minutes against Young Boys on Thursday evening and is set to continue in the XI for Sunday’s Scottish Premiership clash at Motherwell.
That’s because Filip Helander is out nursing a foot injury, with no timescale yet set on a return.
When asked by a journalist at the presser if he was excited about his big chance to impress, Katic was quick to offer his sympathies to the Swede.
“Yeah, I am not happy because he is injured,” he said, as captured by RangersTV. “He’s a good boy and my friend, you know, we live together every day.”
“But, as I said I was working hard, I waited for my chance and now I’m ready to take it again.”
This was a classy response from the Croatian colossus, addressing his teammate first before speaking about his own situation.
There’s no doubt that Helander’s injury has presented him with a big opportunity in the lead up to the winter break, though.
Barring the odd shaky moment, Katic did well during the Europa League tie against Young Boys, especially considering his most recent previous start had come in October away at Hearts.
With the games coming thick and fast over the next fortnight, he looks set to get plenty of playing time in tough ties away against Motherwell, Hibernian and Celtic.
Having largely passed his first test against the Swiss champions, this upcoming run is as good a chance as he’s likely to get to prove that he deserves to form one half of Rangers’ best central defensive partnership.