Rangers have made a call on the short-term future of Nikola Katic, according to Football Scotland.
Katic is currently with Hajduk Split in his native Croatia and has had a mixed season to date.
He enjoyed a run in the team during October and November and impressed in several matches, but he’s also made some big errors, including scoring a costly own goal in a league fixture earlier this month.
Rangers make call on loanee’s short-term future
Rangers inserted a recall option into the 25-year-old’s loan deal and there had been some talk that they might bring him back to Ibrox next month due to a lack of defensive cover.
However, Filip Helander is closing in on a return to action and Calvin Bassey missed out on Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations squad, so Gio van Bronckhorst won’t be as short of options as first feared.
It’s unclear whether or not those developments have directly impacted the Gers’ thinking, but Football Scotland reports that there are no plans to recall the powerful centre-back as the transfer window looms.
Katic is under contract at Ibrox until the summer of 2023, though, and it’s asserted that he hopes to have a future in Glasgow.
Katic to remain in Croatia for now
It would make little sense to bring Katic back to Ibrox only for him to sit on the bench and even with Leon Balogun set to represent Nigeria in early 2022, it’s unlikely that the Croatian would feature.
His best hope of convincing Gio van Bronckhorst that he’s good enough to represent Rangers again in the future is if he can really establish himself at Hajduk during the second half of the season.
However, at this point, a permanent move away from Ibrox next summer looks more likely than the defender regaining his spot in the Rangers starting XI.