Mark Allen drops Rangers transfer hint whilst discussing Nikola Katic's Ibrox move

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers could look to bring more Croatian talents to Ibrox.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers director of football Mark Allen has told the club's official YouTube channel that the club may look to the Croatian market again in the future after landing Nikola Katic.

The Gers have enjoyed a busy summer so far, having not only appointed Steven Gerrard as their new manager but also brought in a host of new signings.

Allan McGregor, Jon Flanagan, Connor Goldson, Scott Arfield and Ovie Ejaria have all arrived having featured in Scotland or England, but just one foreign addition has been made.

Centre back Nikola Katic has arrived from Croatian outfit Slaven Belupo having previously been with Neretvanac Opuzen, emerging as one of the top young Croatian talents.

Katic, 21, will have to adjust to life in Scottish football, but he made a perfect start to his Rangers career with a long-range goal in the 6-0 pre-season friendly win over Bury on Friday.

The 6ft 4in defender should feature prominently for Gerrard, and director of football Mark Allen has now hinted that Rangers may look for more signings from Croatia.

Nikola Katic of Rangers in action during the Pre-Season Friendly between Rangers and Bury at Ibrox Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Allen, speaking to the club's official YouTube channel, has admitted that Rangers have taken their first step into a new market, but as the club know a fair amount about Croatian football, they may well dip back into that market in the future.

“Obviously we’ve been looking at our scouting arena,” said Allen. “You’re constantly looking to add people into that, and we’re looking to expand even further in terms of other areas and other markets.”

“I think with Nikola Katic coming from Croatia, that’s another area and another market that we’re sort of fresh into, but we know quite a bit about, and I would expect us to be mindful of that market moving forward,” he added.

A Croatia supporter touches a Croatian flag  prior to the Euro 2016 group D football match between Croatia and Spain at the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux on June 21, 2016.

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