New Rangers defender Nikola Katic is “perfect” for Scottish football, according to Slaven Belupo’s sporting director Zvonomir Simunovic, and moving to Ibrox will help him cement a regular place in the Croatian national team.

Katic joined the Light Blues from Belupo last week and Simunovic thinks the central defender will get adapt “quickly and easily” to the Scottish game.

Simunovic also thing the Gers support will “appreciate” the 21-year-old

“I am sure as a Rangers player he’ll be closer to becoming a regular national team player,” Simunovic said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“He didn’t make the World Cup squad this time but he has been a regular member of the U-21s.”

“I am sure Nikola will adapt quickly and easily because Scottish football is perfect for someone like him who is aggressive and strong.

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“He just has so much quality and I’m sure the Rangers supporters will also appreciate him.”

Football Insider verdict:

If Katic is anything like compatriots Nikica Jelavic and Dado Prso then Gers fans are going to absolutely love the Croatian. At 21, Katic is definitely one who can improve over the coming years and go on to be a massive player for the Light Blues. Alongside fellow new boy Connor Goldson, Katic should be a big improvement for the Gers after giving up far too many goals last season. If Katic can hit the ground running and impress quickly, it wouldn’t be a massive surprise to see Premier League sides sniffing around and looking for a bargain.  The Gers trip to Spain should give him a fantastic chance to get settled with his new team-mates ahead of the competitive games getting underway and Steven Gerrard’s side looking to launch a genuine title challenge. With European games also rapidly approaching there isn’t a huge amount of time for the Light Blues to prepare.

In other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.

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