Former Rangers player Kris Boyd believes Nikola Katic’s days are ‘numbered’ at Ibrox [Scottish Sun].
The physically imposing centre-back came to Rangers in 2018 from Slaven Belupo and he’s made a total of 59 first-team appearances for the club.
However, the last of those outings came at the back end of the 2019/20 season, as a serious knee injury sustained in July 2020 saw him miss the entire 2020/21 campaign.
Rangers loanee’s days are ‘numbered’ at Ibrox
Katic is currently out on loan at Hajduk Split, for whom he played semi-regularly during the first half of the season.
The stated aim of the loan was for the 25-year-old to build up confidence and get back to his pre-injury levels.
Yet, the fact that Rangers included an option to buy in the deal suggested they weren’t convinced he genuinely had a future at Ibrox and another ominous sign arrived this week when James Sands was given Katic’s shirt number (19).
In his latest column for the Scottish Sun, Kris Boyd has suggested that the end is nigh for the well-liked defender, but he doesn’t think Rangers would be missing a trick by letting him go.
‘It also looks like Rangers will be losing another defender with Niko Katic’s Ibrox days looking numbered now,’ he wrote. ‘The Croatian’s No 19 shirt was given to new signing James Sands, suggesting he will not be back in Govan.’
‘There is no loyalty in football and this is just what happens. Players are dispensable, though I never bought into the hype about Katic being a world-beater in the first place.
‘Yes, he has been unfortunate with injury, but if he doesn’t return then I don’t think he will be missed.’
Has Boyd got it right on Katic?
If Katic is sold in the summer, to his current loan side Hajduk or elsewhere, plenty of supporters will be gutted.
However, based on what he’s done in Croatia so far this season, it’s hard to disagree with Boyd.
The centre-back has been inconsistent and doesn’t appear to be developing as quickly as many hoped he would.
Rangers will need to strengthen at the back in the summer if he moves on, though, given that there’s a danger of both Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun also leaving the club.