According to Jordan Campbell, Nikola Katic is on the verge of sealing a loan move to Hajduk Split from Glasgow Rangers.
The Lowdown: Katic needs game time
As the Gers won the Premiership for the first time in 10 years last term, Katic unfortunately did not play a single minute (Transfermarkt) – a bad injury in pre-season kept him out of the whole campaign (BBC).
He now needs game-time, and a solution appears to have been found.
The Latest: Katic to make loan move
As per The Athletic reporter Campbell on Twitter, £1.44m-valued Katic (Transfermarkt) is set to move out on loan.
He tweeted: “Understand that Nikola Katic is heading on loan to a Croatian club. Rangers have built up his fitness this summer but he needs to play football after such a long time out. Expect that there will be a recall clause in the deal, as is common when a player is being monitored.”
The Verdict: Perfect
It is quite obvious that Katic needs to play. After not featuring at all last season, he has not been picked by Steven Gerrard so far this term either. With Connor Goldson, Filip Helander, Jack Simpson and Leon Balogun to choose from in terms of centre-backs, Gerrard has plenty of options in that role.
Should Rangers kept Katic?
This loan deal for Katic is not yet complete, but all involved should hope it gets completed before the window slams shut later today so that the Croatian can enjoy a fresh start elsewhere and make up for lost time.
With the clever decision to add in a recall clause, this feels like a win-win for all parties involved.
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