New Rangers defender Nikola Katic has admitted he’d have “run to Scotland” to sign for the Gers after hearing Steven Gerrard wanted to bring him to Glasgow.
The 6’4″ Croatian has signed a four-year deal with the Ibrox giants and believes he has joined one of the biggest clubs in Europe – calling the move a “big step.”
Katic will link up with his new team-mates on Friday when they return for pre-season training and insisted he is “glad” to be in Glasgow with Gerrard/
“It is a big pleasure to be here as this is one big club one of the biggest in Europe and in the world. It is good to be here and this is a big step for me,” Katic said, as quoted by Rangers’ official website.
“When they told me Steven Gerrard wanted to take me, I told my agent I’d get my shoes on and run to Scotland!
“He is a legend of football all over the world and I am glad to be here with him.”
Football Insider verdict:
Gerrard’s appointment is already paying off for the Gers and that is very clear to see. When they appointed Gerrard, things like this was part of the reason fans gave for being so fully behind the move. If Gerrard’s name convinces players that their future lies at Ibrox then that can’t be a bad thing for the Gers. Hopefully, the Gers can get another defender in quickly and start preparing for next month’s Europa League qualifiers getting started. At only 21, Katic can still become a much better player and he may well be one the Gers look to move on in the future and make a healthy profit from. With a high bar set by Croatian players at Ibrox – if you ignore Niko Kranjcar and his injury-hit spell – Katic will hope to emulate his countrymen Nikica Jelavic and Dado Prso’s impact for the Gers and help the Light Blues to their first trophy since 2011.
In other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.