Rangers player suffers untimely blow ahead of Gers' pre-season campaign

5th May 2019, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Rangers versus Hibernian; Steven Gerrard Rangers Manager watches a tight game

The Rangers defender, Nikola Katic, is facing a potentially significant few months at Ibrox.

Rangers Glasgow's Nikola Katic after the 2018

The Rangers centre-back, Nikola Katic, appears to have suffered a broken nose in action for Croatia's Under-21s.

Katic played 62 minutes of his nation's 1-0 win against Denmark on Wednesday.

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Sharing the damage with his Instagram followers earlier today (Thursday), he wrote: "Here we go again", accompanied by a trio of 'Grinning Face' emojis.

Nikola Katic message

Rangers are expected to strengthen in Katic's position this summer, having seen Gareth McAuley and Joe Worrall depart.

But it remains to be seen whether or not the 22-year-old's injury will eat into his pre-season campaign, which could have a significant bearing on his future at Ibrox.

 

Katic, a 2018 capture from Slaven Belupo, endured a mixed first season at Rangers.

He began the season as part of Steven Gerrard's first-choice centre-back pairing, alongside Connor Goldson.

15th September 2018, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Rangers versus Dundee; Connor Goldson of Rangers during warm up

And despite falling out of contention midway through the campaign, Katic still managed to make 30 appearances in Light Blue.

What will the new season bring for Katic at Rangers?

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