Rangers manager Steven Gerrard comments on Nikola Katic

28th October 2018, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish League Cup football, semi final, Aberdeen versus Rangers; Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard watches on

Ibrox club Glasgow Rangers brought Nikola Katic to Ibrox in the summer transfer window.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard reacts on the touchline during the Betfred Scottish League Cup Semi Final match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Hapden Park on October 28, 2018 in Glasgow,...Rangers manager Steven Gerrard

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has told The Daily Record that Nikola Katic has been bought for the future.

The Liverpool legend, who was appointed as the Rangers manager in the summer, has also said that Katic is further ahead in his development at Ibrox than originally anticipated.

The 22-year-old defender joined Rangers from Slaven Belupo in the summer transfer window for a fee reported by Sky Sports to be worth £2 million.

The Croatia international has made seven appearances in the Scottish Premiership, two in the Scottish League Cup, one in the Europa League and eight in the Europa League qualifying, according to Transfermarkt.co.uk.

 

Gerrard told The Daily Record about Katic: “Nikola has been bought for the future but really started well and has taken to life pretty quickly.

“He is probably further ahead than we thought but he will be managed slightly differently to Connor.”

Rangers Glasgow's Nikola Katic after the 2018

Progressing at Rangers

Katic has made mistakes from time to time at Rangers so far, but overall the defender’s performance has been very encouraging.

It is clear that the 22-year-old is very talented, and the Croatia international is certainly one for the future.

What is important for Katic is that he continues to grow and develop at Rangers, and learn from his mistakes.

Rangers' Croatian defender Nikola Katic (C) and Spartak Moscow's Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League group G football match between FC Spartak...

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