Rangers sign Croatian defender Nikola Katic on four-year deal

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2018

Sky Sports News reported on Tuesday that the club had agreed a fee with Slaven Belupo in the region of £2m for the 21-year-old, who has won one cap for the Croatian national side.

A towering centre-half born in Ljubuški, Katić started his football career at HNK Stolac in Bosnia and Herzegovina before moving to Neretvanac in Opuzen, Croatia, in 2014.

Slaven Belupo finished sixth in the Croatian top flight, with Katic making 34 appearances throughout the campaign.

However, the Ibrox side have won the race to sign the highly-rated defender, who has already been capped for his nation in a friendly against Mexico past year.

Speaking to Rangers TV, the defender explained that the opportunity to play for Gerrard was a significant factor in his decision to make the move.

"When they told me Steven Gerrard wants to sign me, I told my agent I just need to take my shoes and run to Scotland".

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is a big name in the world of football and the Gers are banking on his ability to attract players to Ibrox.

While it's not exactly a well-kept secret that the defender is on his way to Ibrox, Brighton's Anthony Knockaert seemingly confirmed that the deal was as good as done by sending his teammate a farewell message via Instagram.

Rangers have also brought goalkeeper Allan McGregor back to the club, made Jamie Murphy's loan switch from Brighton permanent and signed Liverpool youngster Ovie Ejaria on a year-long loan.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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