On Thursday evening, Rangers announced that Nikola Katic has put pen to paper on a new contract.
The 23-year-old defender’s extension ties him to Ibrox until 2023.
It’s a surprise development, given that he only arrived on a four-year deal last summer.
Yet, it’s clear that the club want to reward the Croatian for his efforts so far in Light Blue.
The centre-back has played 12 times so far this season, scoring once, away against Midtjylland in Europa League qualifying [Soccerbase]. Overall, he has a total of 41 appearances.
“I feel it is really good for me and four more years here and I think that will help me to become a better player, a better person and to help the club achieve something special,” Katic told Rangers.co.uk.
“I think it is a really good club for a young player, with this manager, a lot of fans and a lot of good players with experience from the Premier League and other leagues in the world that will definitely help me to grow every day.
“We are in a really good position the club is growing day by day first in the league and hopefully we will keep that until the end which is they key point.”
Rangers fans rejoice as Katic signs extension
After arriving from Slaven Belupo in 2018, Katic almost immediately became a fan favourite due to his clear passion for the jersey and his uncompromising approach to defending.
Therefore, this news sparked jubilation amongst Bears.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
— Rory (@Rory46280116) October 17, 2019
— Darren Urquhart (@Dj_Dazavich) October 17, 2019
Excellent news! 👍🏼🔵⚪️🔴🐻🐻🐻
— Bob Steele (@BobSteele55) October 17, 2019
— John (@JohnBoyy28) October 17, 2019
— William (@william_2502) October 17, 2019
😍😍 big niko well deserved!
— Gazza (@MarkMacpheeRFC) October 17, 2019
— 🇬🇧True1872Blue🇬🇧 (@true1872blue) October 17, 2019
— Greedy Nathan 🏴🇬🇧🇮🇱🔨 (@GreedyKai10) October 17, 2019
Love this. Well done everyone involved.👌👍🔴⚪🔵💙
— Gmc.🇬🇧 (@GeorgeMcGeever) October 17, 2019