Rangers’ Croatian defender Niko Katic has revealed that settling in Glasgow has been made easier with the help of friends from rivals Celtic across the city.

The talented defender has recently signed a new contract with Rangers and is a firm favourite with the club’s supporters.

And whilst he has a close friend in Borna Barisic at Rangers, Katic is also close to the likes of Bosnian centre-half Jozo Simunovic and former Celtic loanee Filip Benkovic.

Fan favourite Niko Katic revealed that he has friends in the east end of the city. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He opened up on this relationship in an interview with Sportske Jutarnji in Croatia.

“He’s [Barisic] playing very well this season,” said Katic.

“Last year he had some problems with injuries, but now when he caught the right rhythm, he’s unstoppable.

“Generally speaking, I hang out with Jozo Šimunović all the time, but now he went to Belgrade to recover.

“Filip Benković, who’s playing for Leicester now, visited me, too. He came to say bye before this latest international break. I’m glad we remained on good terms.”

In the revealing interview, Katic also discusses signing his new contract, life under Steven Gerrard and his ambitions to break into the Croatian national team.

Katic – who already has one cap – has heady ambitions to break into the Croatia team and it’s not the first time the defender has discussed them [Evening Times].

Niko Katic is close to Celtic star Jozo Simunovic. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The towering defender is a clear talent and it is an exciting prospect for Rangers fans to have Katic signed up for another four years at Ibrox.

Hopefully, it’ll be him that’s smiling during that period and not his friends from the east end of Glasgow.

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