Defender Nikola Katic has impressed Rangers fans after a stellar performance against Livingston on Sunday.
He was named in Steven Gerrard’s starting eleven for the Scottish Premiership match having not been selected from the start since way back in November.
Keeping a clean sheet alongside Joe Worrall, the Croatian youngster has more than justified his continued inclusion and hopefully the manager agrees moving forward.
The 22-year-old burst into the team during the summer European qualifiers, shining alongside Connor Goldson before eventually losing his place in the team, to the bemusement of some supporters.
He is clearly a good option though and given he is at the club beyond this season, unlike Worrall, he should absolutely be Goldson’s defensive partner when the Englishman returns from injury.
The defender is not yet the finished article, but continued investment in his develop in terms of playing time can only benefit him and Rangers.
These fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his Sunday display…
– We’re a far better side with @Dcandeias11 in the team.
– Nikola Katic is worthy of a jersey every week
– We need to stick to our strengths (width from Kent, Morelos up top, Tav/Candeias link up)
— MC (@collins_876) January 27, 2019
I paid close attention to Nikola Katic today. He had one mis kick in the game. Won everything in the air and distributed well. Massive for the young man today. Over the moon for him. ???????? pic.twitter.com/3EvAB6iazl
— BMC Rangers Rants (@BMCRangersRants) January 27, 2019
Katic was brilliant today as was barisic… that team that started is our strongest 11 except Goldson for Worral! Great performance today
— Mr M (@MBS1872) January 27, 2019
After the backlash of free katic saying he isn't maldini
I can confirm for 45 minutes he's played like him
— CJ (@Cjnovo992) January 27, 2019
Liked much of that performance today. Katic played as if he hadn’t been away. Kent, Candeias, Tav and McCrorie very good. And the wee fella could’ve had a hat trick.
— Jamie (@jamiecurrie89) January 27, 2019
Brilliant result considering Livi hadn’t conceded at home against us or Celtic and have won 23 points out of 30 at home. Candeias Man of The Match by a country mile. Katic and McCrorie back in today and strolled it. Cracking finish from Morelos too. Job done.
— C. (@McC1872_) January 27, 2019
I might be drunk but how fucking good was Katic today.. if we lose this league by 2/3 points the blames on Gerrard for freezing him out.. hope it's not too late ????????
— Clark Smy (@Clark26NI) January 27, 2019
Love an away victory! Really good performance and result. Great to see big Katic back and playing well. Gerrard picked the right team and formation. Midfield was set up well to handle the physicality of the game
— Andy McKellar (@AMcKellar89) January 27, 2019