New Rangers signing Nikola Katic has revealed he can’t wait to play at Ibrox after agreeing a four-year deal with the Light Blues – and thinks the physical Scottish game will suit him down to the ground.
The 21-year-old Croatian completed his move to Ibrox on Tuesday and admitted it will be a “big step” for him moving from Slaven Belupo to Rangers.
Katic also revealed he has done his homework on the Gers’ fans and the Old Firm rivalry with Celtic ahead of his “wonderful” move to Scotland.
“I can’t wait to play at Rangers. I’ve seen the stadium on TV and I’ve read about the fans and the rivalry with Celtic,” Katic said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“The type of football in Scotland and England is for me because they play long balls and there are duels and it’s a lot to do with strength, which is what I like.
“This is a big club, playing in a competitive league and also in European football. There are 50,000 fans in the stadium every week. It’s wonderful, a big step for me.”
Football Insider verdict:
Katic appears to be genuinely excited about the prospect of his move to Ibrox and hopefully, the 21-year-old performs as well as he speaks. The Croatian defender comes to Ibrox with a good pedigree and fans will be excited to see him in action. After shipping so many goals last season, Rangers need to tighten up their defence and the signing of Katic should help the Light Blues stop conceding as many cheap goals. At only 21, if Katic can improve as well as is hoped then there will also be a potential move further down the line that can help bring some serious funds into the Gers. With Bruno Alves potentially sticking around for the next 12 months then he will have a very experienced head to try to learn from and continue to develop as a defender. With more defenders likely to arrive at Ibrox this summer, the Gers are finally focusing on improving their backline and should reap the benefits over the coming campaign.
In other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.