Rangers loanee Nikola Katić played the full 90 minutes for Hadjuk Split on Saturday as they defeated Hrvatski Dragovolvic 2-0.
Katic impressed as his team kept a clean sheet with the Croatian side currently sitting in fourth place in the 1.HNL.
With the Croatian missing out on the whole of the title-winning campaign last season due to a serious injury, it is great seeing him play regularly.
The defenders’ stats were impressive in his side’s victory. He completed 88% of his passes during the match whilst also winning four out of seven aerial duels.
The defender also made three interceptions during the game and wasn’t dribbled past at all during the entire match.
Seeing Katic play regularly is reassuring as he battles back to full fitness and hopefully a return to the Rangers side next season.
With Connor Goldson’s contract situation yet to be solved, Helander’s injury worries, and the jury still out on Jack Simpson, Katic could well find himself back in the team come next season, or perhaps even sooner.
Rangers have a recall clause in the player’s contract this January and if he continues to impress whilst the Gers defence toils Katic provides something of a headache to Gerrard and co.
The Croatian signed for the club in the summer of 2018 as Gerrard sought to tighten up the defence ahead of his first season in charge.
The defender settled in well and began the 2019/20 campaign strongly, even scoring the winner at Parkhead as Rangers won there for the first time in nine years in December 2019.
Katic suffered a serious knee injury just prior to our unbeaten title season in the last campaign and missed out, with a feeling he would have featured heavily during the campaign if fit.
Hopefully, Niko has a part to play in future Rangers teams as he battles his way back to the top.