Rangers manager Steven Gerrard praises Nikola Katic

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Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers have brought Nikola Katic to Ibrox.

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has told STV that Nikola Katic has the ability to be successful for the Ibrox club.

The Gers have signed Katic from Slaven Belupo in the summer transfer window for a fee reported by The Scottish Sun to be worth £2 million.

Liverpool legend and new Rangers manager Gerrard has backed the 21-year-old Croatia international central defender to be a success at the Gers.

The former England international midfielder has also explained how the signing of the youngster came about.

Steven Gerrard is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers football Club at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Gerrard told STV: "We watched a lot of Katic over the summer. He was a name that suggested to me when I come in the door so Rangers have monitored him for a long time.

“He’s a player with huge potential already highly thought of in terms of international level in Croatia and for the 21s and he's already been capped at full-time level.

"We've had conversations with people in Croatia who've been around the kid for a long time. Loads of background checks, what we do for every player.

"It's a very detailed process before we even identify them and then we watch the kid play, check the mentality, and we believe he ticks a lot of boxes to come here and play for Rangers and he'll be able to handle it.”

Steven Gerrard is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers football Club at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Good signing for Rangers

Katic has arrived at Rangers having established himself as a key player at Belupo, and there is no doubt that he has great quality, although the youngster could take a while to settle in at Ibrox.

It can be daunting for any young player playing in front of 50,000 fans at Ibrox, and in Gerrard, he will have a manager who knows how to nurture young talent and who himself knows how to success playing in front of passionate and demanding fans.

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