Rangers haven’t been shy in pillaging the Croatian First League for footballing talent, and in Luka Ivanušec, the club would be getting real talent.
The Croatian midfielder is only 20, is already a mainstay in his Lokomotiva side and comes from a rich crop/heritage of midfield talent. For many Luka Ivanušec could be the next to carry the torch on from the likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.
He has just enjoyed a sterling season with Lokomotiva too. Ivanušec scored six and assisted another five in 31 league games this campaign.
A creative, dynamic midfielder, he has had already made two caps for the Croatian national team. Ivanušec scored in one of them – against China. He has also been included in the Croatian U21 squad for the upcoming European Championships.
It is a squad which also contains Rangers defender Nikola Katic. Katic has undoubtedly been the success story of Rangers’ Croatian investment.
Signed for a reported £2m from Slaven Bepulo, he’s begun to look like the real deal in defence.
Compare that to Eros Grezda and Borna Barisic, who have struggled to settle in Scotland. There’s even been talk that the former NK Osijek duo could be shipped out in the summer [Herald].

Ivanušec will play alongside Nikola Katic at this summer’s U21 European Championships. (Photo by Aude Alcover/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
But the fact those two players haven’t reached expectations isn’t putting Rangers off Croatia. At least according to reports; Rangers are said to be interested in the league’s top scorer,
Mirko Maric [Daily Record].
And if they’re looking to sign someone who could become a real asset in the future, they should look no further than Lokomotiva’s midfield sensation Luka Ivanušec.
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