Rangers defender Niko Katic has opened up on his debut season Scotland and thinks he’s had a “good season” overall – despite falling out of favour midway through the campaign.

Katic started the season as first-pick alongside Connor Goldson but was forced out of the side by Joe Worrall, with the Croatian only recently returning to the starting XI on a consistent basis.

MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - APRIL 07: Nikola Katic of Rangers celebrates at full time during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on April 07, 2019 in Motherwell, Scotland.

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The Croatian international admits he had a “difficult” time after being axed but insists that he was always confident he would get another chance to impress.

“I had a difficult time but when I look back at the end of the season, I’ll have played 30 games for Rangers and scored a few goals – that’s a good season,” Katic told the Daily Record.

Rangers' Croatian defender Nikola Katic (C) and Spartak Moscow's Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League group G football match between FC Spartak Moscow and Rangers FC in Moscow on November 8, 2018.

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“I’m playing for the biggest club in
 Scotland and one of the biggest in
 the world, so it’s not bad. I knew about Rangers before I arrived but not 
everything. After my first few games, I found out just how big it is.

 

“But if I had to describe myself I’d say I have a really strong character. So I knew the chance would come again. I just needed to push myself in every training session.”

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Katic has made 29 appearances so far, scoring three times and is almost certain to start in this afternoon’s Old Firm at Ibrox.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 03: Nikola Katic of Rangers is seen during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and SK Rapid Wien at Rangers Auchenhowie Training Centre on October 3, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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The Croatian is a big favourite with fans and looks to have been a shrewd signing from Slaven Belupo last summer.

With a season in Scotland under his belt, hopefully, he can now kick on and cement his place in the starting XI going into the new campaign.

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