Glasgow Rangers defender Nikola Katic has revealed that he is desperate to return to action at Ibrox after missing the entire 2020/21 campaign through injury.
The Lowdown: Katic struggles
The previous campaign was a magnificent one for the Gers as they won the Premiership for the first time in 10 years, but the Croatian did not play a single minute (Transfermarkt).
He picked up a serious injury during the pre-season training (BBC) and was therefore sidelined for the entire season.
The Latest: Katic desperate
Speaking to Rangers TV, Katic revealed his desire to return to the action. He said:
“I am happy that all that is behind me and now I am ready to go with the team again.
“I am desperate to get back on the pitch, I lost 12 months with my injury and now I am so desperate to play and so excited.
“I’m giving everything 24 hours per day to be as ready as possible to help the team and to prove to the manager and fans how ready I am.”
The Verdict: Like a new signing
As the Premiership was cut short during the 2019/20 campaign due to the global pandemic, Katic played in 19 of a possible 29 league matches and looked as though he would play a big role the following season. Then fate intervened, but it certainly didn’t seem to hurt the Gers too much as they conceded just 13 goals on their way to the league title (thefishy.co.uk).
Will Katic play a big role next term?
However, there is no doubting that £1.44m-valued Katic (Transfermarkt) is a player Steven Gerrard trusts given his regularity of action in 2019/20, and his return to the side will almost feel like a new signing. His desire to play could be a huge boost and, if handled correctly by Gerrard, he could have a big say in the Gers’ potential achievements next term.
In other news, Gerrard has provided an update on this Rangers man.
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