Rangers star Nikola Katic was recalled to the Hajduk Split team and played 90 minutes as the Croatian First League side dumped current Champions Dinamo Zagreb 2-0.
The result was made even more impressive given that it took place in Zagreb and it has catapulted Hajduk into a title race in the Balkans nation.
Hajduk Split won the day courtesy of an impressive second half showing where star striker Marko Livaja gave them the lead on the hour mark.
Albanian winger Emir Sahiti made it two deep into injury time to secure Hajduk’s fourth straight league victory, making them the form team in the Croatian First League.
The result also moves them above Dinamo into 3rd place, three points off league leaders Rijeka and NK Osijek.
Dinamo Zagreb are two points behind Hajduk in fourth but have a game in hand on the Split side.
Nikola Katic finding form with Hajduk Split as Rangers recall question lingers
Nikola Katic, 25, returned to the Hajduk Split side of the match after being dropped for the 4-0 win over NK Istra following a defensive mare against HNK Rijeka in November.
The defender clearly enjoyed the victory as he uploaded videos of himself celebrating the win with supporters after the match to his official Instagram account.
Katic played 90 and clean sheet against Dinamo Zagreb- celebrating with the fans on insta is class pic.twitter.com/VPuM8kXE62
— Anniesland 🇬🇧🏴 (@Anniesland9) December 5, 2021
Still working his way back from a damaging cruciate ligament injury which kept him for the entirety of last season, being dropped put the brakes on the suggestion the Gers should recall the defender.
But now Katic is back in the Hajduk Split team and contributing to some impressive victories fans are sure to be asking the January question surrounding the player.
Rangers have not had their defensive issues to seek and are currently utilising Calvin Bassey as a centre-back amid injuries to the first choice defenders Filip Helander and Leon Balogun.
Defensive signing Jack Simpson is yet to convince fans – or Giovanni van Bronckhorst – that he deserves an opportunity.
Results like this suggest that perhaps Nikola Katic is in the best place for his development at the moment with the Croatians an unlikely title contender.
But even with the development of Calvin Bassey at centre-back, Rangers do appear to need defensive reinforcements in January.