Rangers defender Niko Katic could be set to switch international allegiances to Bosnia and Herzegovina after struggling to force his way into the senior Croatia side since becoming too old for the Under-21s.

According to speculation on Twitter, Katic could switch to the country of his birth despite making an appearance for the Croatian senior side in a friendly against Mexico in 2017.

HERNING, DENMARK - AUGUST 08: Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic of Rangers FC celebrate after 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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Katic was born in Ljubuški in Bosnia but can play for either country and he could be set to follow Joe Aribo and Sheyi Ojo who have both recently made a similar switch.

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The defender has quickly made himself a big favourite with the Gers support and was a regular in the Croatian under-21 side up until this summer’s European Championships.

With the defender set to turn 23 next month, he’s obviously looking to take the next step in his international career and it looks as though that could force him to change country.

 

Katic’s Ibrox team-mate has been consistently making the Croatian starting XI despite his poor form at Ibrox so Katic can’t even point to Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic not rating Scottish football or Katic’s form.

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However, the Rangers star can’t seem to force his way into the squad and looks to have a big decision on his hands.

SERRAVALLE, ITALY - JUNE 21: Nikola Katic of Croatia controls the ball during the 2019 UEFA U-21 Group C match between France and Croatia at San Marino Stadium on June 21, 2019 in Serravalle, Italy.

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Ultimately, it won’t affect Rangers too much – at least not as much as the likes of Aribo and Ojo opting to play for Nigeria – but it would be a shame if he has to take what will be perceived as a step down to fulfil his international ambitions.

If he does decide to swap sides though, he’ll have big shoes to fill at Ibrox with the last Bosnian to ply his trade on Edmiston Drive carved himself a place as a proper cult hero at Ibrox – Sasa Papac.

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