Rangers completed their fifth transfer of the summer window yesterday (Tuesday) as they announced the arrival of Nikola Katić from Slaven Belupo on a four-year deal.
Rangers confirmed their fifth signing of the summer yesterday, and Nikola Katić has the hallmarks of a superb acquisition to Steven Gerrard’s team. It’s a credit to Gerrard’s endeavours that he has identified the need for defensive recruitment, and acted accordingly.
Without question, Rangers’ defensive issues were their most significant problem last season. The Gers conceded an astonishing total of 50 goals in 38 league games. By contrast, Celtic conceded half that total, shedding only 25 goals in 38 games. Without a doubt, if Rangers are going to disrupt Celtic’s recent dominance, and mount their challenge for the title, it is vital that they address their defensive concerns, and the arrival of Katic will help achieve that goal.
The 21-year-old is regarded for his versatility, he primarily operates at the heart of the defence, yet he does exhibit sufficient quality to function as a defensive midfielder. At 6ft4, the defender is a towering presence in the box, and he illustrated impressive attacking qualities last season. In 36 appearances for Slaven Belpuo, the Croatian defender contributed towards four goals – scoring one and providing three assists.
His efforts at club level have been acknowledged and rewarded by his national team, Croatia, as the 21-year-old received his first international cap in May 2017.
It’s apparent that this transfer places a palpable emphasis on the future of Rangers, while trying to craft a squad that retains the perfect combination of experience and youth.
The Croat possesses vast potential, and if he succeeds with the Glaswegian side, it’s conceivable that the Scottish club will be able to command a hefty fee for his services (in the future). Seemingly, the deal is incredibly beneficial for Rangers, one that will help address their current issues, while looking ahead to the future.
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