Reported Rangers interest in Martin Skrtel concerning for Nikola Katic
Photo by VI Images via Getty Images

Reported Rangers interest in Martin Skrtel concerning for Nikola Katic

The Daily Record reports Rangers are attempting to sign Martin Skrtel.
The Gers have apparently held initial talks with the 34-year-old former Liverpool defender, who is set to travel to Glasgow for face-to-face discussions over the coming days.

Skrtel is a free agent after leaving Fenerbahce. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Skrtel is a vastly experienced international, with over 100 caps for Slovakia. Furthermore, he has played in the Slovakian, Russian, English and Turkish top flights across an 18-year senior career.

Given his background, if he moves to Ibrox, it will be with the expectation of playing week in, week out.

Trouble for Katic?

Steven Gerrard signed the Croatian for a reported £2 million last summer [Scottish Sun], but despite his popularity with the fans, the manager didn’t always back him.
For much of the season, Joe Worrall and Connor Goldson formed the preferred centre-back partnership. After Worrall’s return to Nottingham Forest, Katic’s path to the first team looked clear.

Katic was left out in the cold from November to late January. (Photo by ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

However, it could soon be back to square one if Skrtel signs.
As vice-captain and
one of the club’s most reliable performers last season, you have to think Connor Goldson’s place is safe.
Therefore, if Skrtel slotted in he would be keeping out Katic and new signing, George Edmundson.
Of course, talks are only said to be in preliminary stages. So, there’s no need to panic just yet.

Steven Gerrard and Skrtel played together for eight years at Liverpool. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

But Katic will be looking over his shoulder. Particularly, after a disappointing showing at the UEFA U21 Championships in Italy.
He was at the heart of defence which conceded eight goals in three matches, ensuring his nation finished bottom of their group.