Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that the injury to Nikola Katic is a “huge blow” to Glasgow Rangers, and that they may now dip into the market to replace him.
It was confirmed this week that the Croatian had suffered an injury a week ago that will keep him out for the “foreseeable future”. Whilst it was not confirmed exactly what the nature of the issue was, it has been reported that it is a cruciate ligament issue.
Whelan believes that this will be a huge blow to the Gers, and that it may lead to Steven Gerrard looking to bring in another central defender ahead of the new campaign. He explained:
“This is a huge blow. He is their main centre-half. He brings height and he brings a lot of aggression and he is a leader out there on the pitch.
“He will be a huge miss for Steven Gerrard’s side, especially when they are trying to overturn a deficit in Europe and stop 10-in-a-row.
“To have a player like that missing for the start of the season will be very difficult. They might have to go into the market for a central defender.”
Indeed, it will be a knock to the Gers’ chances of winning a first trophy under Gerrard this campaign. He played in 19 matches in the Premiership last term, the most after Connor Goldson, and the former Liverpool midfielder will have been hoping to rely on him once again this time around.
Who should replace Katic?
The Gers do have Filip Helander and George Edmundson as potential replacements, but even if one of those two can make the the position his own, it would still leave the club light in reserve. As such, it may force the Ibrox outfit to spend on a new recruit this summer.
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