Rangers defender Niko Katic has confirmed that he’s stayed in Glasgow despite Steven Gerrard allowing the club’s foreign players to return home during the Covid-19 crisis – and admitted he didn’t want to risk his father’s health after overcoming cancer.

Katic’s compatriot Borna Barisic has returned to Croatia but former Slaven Belupo defender Katic has been working with a fitness coach in Scotland.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Nikola Katic of Rangers scores his sides second goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on December 29, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The Gers stopped training after the Leverkusen clash in the Europa League and Katic confessed that he’s no idea how long the layoff could last, with suggestions it will be August at the very earliest.

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“The other foreign players have returned home – Borna Barisic returned to Croatia to self-isolate for example. But I didn’t want to put my family at risk, Katic said speaking to Croatian publication Sportske Novosti, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“My father survived cancer a few years ago and his immune system is not at the highest level, so I didn’t want to risk anything by maybe picking something up and bringing it in.  So I decided to stay here while this calms down, I think it’s best.

“In Scotland, we stopped training after the Bayer Leverkusen game. We are in all in quarantine. My brother is here and, with arrangement with the club, I am working with the fitness coach on a special programme.



“The situation is pretty stable in Scotland. People are sticking to the recommended measures without any problems. The streets are empty and people are adhering to the rules.

“We are keeping a close eye with what is happening in the rest of the world. We don’t know yet how prolonged the break will be.”

The likes of Barisic, Matt Polster and Alfredo Morelos are thought to have returned home while the club waits news on what happens next.

HERNING, DENMARK - AUGUST 08: Nikola Katic of Rangers FC celebrates after scoring their third goal during the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round match between FC Midtjylland and Rangers FC at MCH Arena on August 8, 2019 in Herning, Denmark.

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The Light Blues also have a Europa League clash to get scheduled with Bayer Leverkusen but it doesn’t seem likely to happen any time soon.

Hopefully, Katic’s steps to help his dad have the desired effect and everything can return to normality soon and we can see him in a Rangers shirt again.

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