Steven Gerrard will be “very excited” if Rangers defender Nikola Katic returns from his ACL injury in January.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aberdeen and Leeds striker claimed it would be a “massive boost” to have the 24-year-old back after a busy festive period.
Katic suffered his injury in Rangers training in July, just three weeks before the start of the Scottish Premiership season.
His agent Ives Cakarun told the Daily Record that he is “hopeful” the defender will be ready at the beginning of next year.
“That’s a massive boost,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“They’ll be looking after him, he’ll be working hard to get back. He’ll be desperate to get back when you’ve seen how successful that have been up until this point now as well.
“You’re missing the victories, you’re missing that feeling that you have as a player, he’ll be desperate to get back into the fold.
“Up to January time, a lot of football has already been played and this will be a welcome and timely arrival for this player to come back into a probably a very, very confident and well drilled Rangers side with loads of life and loads of football left.
“You can never have a big enough squad of quality, experienced players. That is what Steven will be excited about, that’s what he’ll be working to get back towards.
“He’s been in and around that football environment where you’re playing again you can celebrate with the lads and get that feeling back.”
Katic moved to Ibrox from Croatian side NK Slaven Belupo in the summer of 2018.
He has played 59 times for Rangers across all competitions and has scored six goals and provided three assists.