The Glasgow Rangers defender, 23, replaced Ibrox teammate Filip Helander in Steven Gerrard’s starting XI last night.
A number of Glasgow Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to praise Nikola Katic’s comments following his return to Steven Gerrard’s starting XI.
Katic’s last start for Rangers came against Hearts in October with Filip Helander and Connor Goldson making up Gerrard’s preferred central defensive partnership so far this season.
However, a foot injury picked up by Helander in the final stages of last Sunday’s Scottish League Cup final defeat has left Rangers waiting on the results of a scan and could see him sidelined for a while.
In the Swede’s absence, Katic was drafted back into the Rangers XI as Gerrard’s charges took on Young Boys, and the Croatian looked comfortable for much of the game despite it being his first start in almost two months.
“It was big pressure returning after not playing for a while but I have experience in Europe now and I prepare myself and work hard every day to be ready,” Katic told the Rangers media team ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Premiership trip to Motherwell.
“I am sad for Helander as he is my friend but I need to take my chance when asked… I learned from last year, it is all about helping the team and not about me.”
Some Bears loved what Katic said about his teammate and the team, and took to social media to give him praise:
What a true gent. All about the team.— David Whyte (@Soulstorm99) 13 December 2019
Brilliant Niko we love you pal. There is no I in team as they say it’s a squad game mate,— gary (@Gazzaboyd) 13 December 2019
Love big niko man the resilience he’s shown when the manager has constantly taken him out the team is outstanding shown his love for rangers by staying put and working as hard as ever— Rangers Signed Auctions (@Joseph43973411) 13 December 2019
Niko katic, should be one of the first names in the team sheet!— ALD0 (@a22an) 13 December 2019
Katic has always been a selfless player since he pulled on the jersey for us. Not sure what the context is here but he always puts his body on the line for the good of the team.— Greegsy’s Gloves (@Gers89_) 13 December 2019
What a mature head this lad has. Compared to so many footballers – exactly what the club needs.— Foreign Rangers Fan (@KylEnsign) 13 December 2019
Should be still in team still really dont know why he got dropped— James (@55coming2020) 13 December 2019
Class— Govanite (@pauarmst) 13 December 2019
Katic joined Rangers in the summer of 2018 from Croatian club Slaven Belupo for a reported £2million fee (Transfermarkt) and he has made 45 appearances to date, with four goals and three assists under his belt (Transfermarkt).
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