Rangers star Nikola Katic answered his critics by claiming that there was more to come from him at Ibrox – but after a loan move to Hadjuk Split he may fall short on that promise.

That’s because Glasgow Live are claiming that the player has a £3m option-to-buy clause inserted into the loan deal which has taken back to Croatia in search of minutes this season.

Niko, 24, was potentially the most high-profile exit from Ibrox on deadline day but Rangers fans were well prepared for the player to head out on loan after comments from Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard was answering reports which suggested that Katic had been told he was surplus to requirements at Ibrox as he looks to bounce back from a cruciate ligament injury which saw him miss last season.

“We’ve had conversations with Niko in the last few days,” said Gerrard [Rangers].

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“He played a B Team game and he came through that which is positive news.

“We’re having discussions with Niko now to try and find him the best solution for him in the coming months.

“He needs to play football and I can’t guarantee him them games at the moment so we’re trying to find the right solution for the boy in the short term.

“But in terms of people putting two and two together and writing his future off at Ibrox and saying that he’s not in the plans or he’s going to be sold, I think that’s wide of the mark.

“We’re happy with Niko, he’s had a real serious injury over the last 12 months so now it’s about how can we get him a certain amount of games to get him right up to speed.

“Because there’s no getting away from it, it takes time to come back from that level of injury.”

Katic himself would then emphatically respond to those reports on Instagram by claiming that there are “many more” moments like his winner v Celtic in 2019 “to come”.

However, whilst Rangers insist they have a recall clause in the player’s contract by January, Katic could find himself in Croatia permanently if things don’t go to plan in the coming months.

The big defender needs to focus on his gametime to get back into the reckoning at Ibrox but – if these reports are to be believed – Rangers have a contingency plan for the defender.

But the Rangers star may also fall short of that Ibrox promise should Hajduk meet the reported clause in the player’s loan contract this season.

Katic isn’t the only Rangers player with a £3m option-to-buy clause in his contract either if reports from one journalist in Germany are to be believed.

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