Lots of Rangers fans have been hailing the influence of Nikola Katic, as the towering defender grabbed a goal and clean sheet in Sunday’s win over Motherwell.
After proving he was better than Joe Worrall to cement his place in Steven Gerrard’s side last season, Katic has been put back on the bench for the majority of this campaign.
Indeed, after playing 30 times last season, the 6 foot 3 colossus has had to watch on as Filip Helander occupies the spot alongside Connor Goldson this year, managing just 16 appearances so far, with most of those coming earlier in the campaign before Helander was settled.
He was given the nod against Hibs on Sunday though, and showed the type of form that endeared him to the Ibrox faithful last season.
The 23 year-old, valued at £1.8m by Transfermarkt, can be somewhat rash at times, but his front-foot defending gets supporters off their seats and he also planted an excellent header past Mark Gillespie in Sunday’s 2-0 win.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Katić for me, his no surrender attitude, goal threat and willingness to get stuck in shines through.
He still has a hit to learn but he’s the first to admit it.
Glad to see him get some game time.
— Barney Stinson (@Barney010Stinso) December 15, 2019
Big Katic no nonsense defending and no one NO ONE was winning that header!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Andrew Bluebells (@andrewg69968905) December 15, 2019
Katic for me absolute unit of a man and a cheeky wee header
— GeorgePope92 (@GPope92) December 15, 2019
Great performance from the team. Thought Katic and BB were class. Surely that’s NIKO cemented his place in the XI. Actual aerial threat from set pieces is what we need. Sick about Alfie’s red, shows what our refs are like. 🇬🇧
— AV8 🇬🇧 (@helloAV8) December 15, 2019
Katic got his big granite head to everything and was dominating their box at corners
— Bruce mackay (@Brucemackay14) December 15, 2019
Surely Gerrard sees Katic playing way better than helander and will choose to keep him in the team🤷🏼♂️
— Ross Noble (@RossNoble55) December 15, 2019
Katic good goal and great in defence
— stuart ward (@stuartw18548060) December 15, 2019
Big Katic never lets you down when called upon
— Stevie Brown (@stevieb_1872) December 15, 2019
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