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Unsung hero: Nikola Katic was a rock as he helped limit the damage for Rangers

Unsung hero: Nikola Katic was a rock as he helped limit the damage for Rangers

Rangers certainly did not have the best of Sunday afternoons as Steven Gerrard witnessed his side suffer their first defeat of the season.

Of course, it came at the hands of Old Firm rivals Celtic as they were brushed away 2-0 in front of an expectant and packed-out Ibrox crowd.

Goals from Odsonne Edouard and Jonny Hayes meant the Light Blues would be heading into the upcoming international break three points behind their Glaswegian neighbours.

Gerrard admitted his side were not up to the task on Sunday and stated that they were far from good enough to pick up the three points.

After the game, he told Sky Sports: “Our performance collectively and individually wasn’t good enough to win a derby. I’m part of that so I’ll take as much responsibility that comes my way.”

Interestingly, he also said only one player could hold his head high following their performance, to which he announced Jon Flanagan as the individual.

However, Nikola Katic could also be one man that, perhaps, should not be too disappointed with his performance.

Player ratings are usually a fair reflection about regarding an individual’s performance and it would seem many were pleased with what they saw from the Croatian centre-back, as he seems to be continuing to keep Filip Helander out of the side.

Ibrox Noise gave him a seven, as they wrote: “Did make a little error near the end and got exposed for it, but otherwise another who can hold his head high. Could do nothing for the first goal, was completely exposed by Goldson, but otherwise a reasonable shift.”

Rangers News appear to echo those views as they handed him a seven as well and stated: “There’s nothing Niko Katic won’t header. Won pretty much everything in the air again. Croatian is really impressing after being given a consistent run in the side recently. If Gerrard is considering putting Filip Helander into the side then it needs to be as Katic’s partner – not his replacement.”

Football Scotland were, however, hardly forgiving in their ratings for the 22-year-old as they scored him a five, with the following explanation: “Done little himself to merit pass marks from the game apart from one headed chance in first half. Not as bad as Goldson in defence but not much better either.”

Of course, the result was not the one that those in Blue will have been hoping for on Sunday, however Katic was hardly at fault for any of the mistakes on the day and still seemed to be rather assured when in the side – something that can be rather comforting moving forward.

Rangers fans, what did you make of Katic’s performance against Celtic? Let us know your thoughts by sharing them with us below!

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