Rangers’ defender Niko Katic was sent out on loan to Hajduk Split during the summer transfer window by former manager Steven Gerrard.

The Croatian, who earned his way into Rangers folklore after scoring the winning header against Celtic at Parkhead in December 2019, remained side-lined during the title-winning campaign due to injury.

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Niko Katic celebrating after scoring Rangers winner against Celtic in December 2019. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With playing time uncertain for the defender, Gerrard felt the best option was a loan move to his native Croatia. However, a recall option was inserted into the deal.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has a few key issues to resolve when he takes over, with one being the defensive problems that have plagued the side this term.

With injuries to Filip Helander and Borna Barišić, contract discussions between the club and Connor Goldson stalling and the constant chopping and changing of the backline, the Ibrox side have suffered defensively.

 

The new manager could face further problems as Leon Balogun and Calvin Bassey could well be called up for Nigeria to play in the African Cup of Nations which will take place between January and February next year.

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This could leave a massive void to be filled and the obvious answer is to recall Katic from his loan spell to provide cover.

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Niko Katic could be recalled by Rangers in January to solve the club’s defensive problems. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

I think most Rangers fans would have no qualms about Katic returning. He has proven to be popular amongst the supporters and this could well be the second chance he needs to re-establish himself at the club.

January could turn out to be a busy month for the new manager.

Meanwhile, Rangers fans have raved about how Ross Wilson kept the squad and staff updated with the recruitment process before hiring van Bronckhorst.

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