Sasa Papac has claimed he would be willing to help Rangers tap into the Croatian market in the future.
Rangers have had success in signing talent from the Balkans this season. Borna Barisic and Nikola Katic have both arrived and made positive impacts at Ibrox respectively. Eros Grezda was also snapped up from Osijek in the summer
Steven Gerrard has shown no fear in tapping into relatively unknown markets, and could likely do so again in January. Rangers still want four new players, and are likely to look far and wide in order to find the right player.
Papac, however, claims he would be willing to help Rangers dig deep in Croatia. The former Rangers defender was speaking after featuring in the Kris Boyd Testimonial on Saturday.
If I can help, I am here. Players from Croatia right now are very interesting for everybody because they did so well in the World Cup. You can find some good players there and they are not expensive. This is important. It can be a very interesting country in future for Rangers.
“Nikola Katic and Borna Barisic came over and, of course, Eros Grezda signed from Osijek. Scouting and watching players was not my job (at Zeljeznicar), but, in future, who knows? I have no job right now and I am waiting.
“This is my club. I will support Rangers to the end of my life.”
An offer worth taking
Croatia are certainly doing something right with their player development these days. The Balkan side of course reached the World Cup final in the summer, and are a country with an increasingly high quantity of talent.
Papac, of course, spent six years at Rangers and made over 200 appearances for the Ibrox side. In a highly-successful period under Walter Smith, he was part of the famous three-in-a-row side that also reached the UEFA Cup Final of 2008.
It remains to be seen what kind of talent is out there in Croatia, but Rangers could do worse than use Papac to help out. Papac himself is from Bosnia, but seems to be confident in his ability to use his links from Croatia to Rangers’ benefit.
It remains to be seen if this is a route that Gerrard goes down, but the offer is there for them if he so chooses. At face value, it looks a great idea.