By Alex McLeish

28th Sep, 2021 | 4:00pm

McLeish: Rangers may trigger Katic recall clause after injury news from Ibrox

Alex McLeish has suggested Rangers could recall Nikola Katic in January after Filip Helander’s injury blow.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Ibrox boss insisted the Sweden international would take time to get up to speed after undergoing knee surgery.

Rangers revealed earlier this month (15th September) Helander, 28, will be out until at least December.

Meanwhile, Katic was sent out on loan to Hajduk Split in August after returning from his own serious injury layoff.

Rangers confirmed they had included a potential recall clause for January in the terms of the loan deal.

The 24-year-old has played twice for the Croatian outfit since joining.

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McLeish suggested Rangers could look to trigger the clause to bring him back if Helander’s recovery takes longer than expected.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “They will need him if Helander doesn’t make the deadlines.

“Even if he does, he’ll still have to get back into the groove in terms of the speed and his sharpness overall.

“There’s a good chance for others to try and come in and make a mark again.

“Katic has been known for such a long time, at Rangers you’ve got to come back and the ground running.

“You can’t just ease him into games. If he’s coming back, he’s got to be at his absolute best.”

Katic suffered a serious knee injury in the summer of 2020 to rule him out for the entirety of last season.

His last appearance for Rangers’ senior side came back in March 2020.

In other news, Kieran Maguire claims Rangers are scared as £400m deal reaches ‘advanced talks.