While Steven Gerrard revealed Nikola Katic’s injury update recently, he also explained something very telling about the big Croat and the sacrifices the lad has made to be at Ibrox.
Katic, 24, might not be a little kid any more, but his manager explained he is returning to Croatia over Christmas to be with his family because he’s been alone at Ibrox since he got here.
There’s no denying recovery from an injury as bad as an ACLI is a pretty tough break, but Katic is doing so on his own.
Sure, he has friends here and back home, but no loved ones – we’re not aware of anyone special in his life based in Glasgow, nor does he have any of his kin here either.
So he’s potentially sacrificing a lot of personal happiness in order to give everything to his club, and naturally his club are doing all they can to make him feel comfortable and not isolated.
But the fact he’s been here for two and half years without any family or apparent partner does show a lot of his commitment to Rangers, and a lot about his character.
Of course, he’s been home since he got here, having posted social media pics with his family back on his homeland, but Croatia is a long way away.
It’s a tough career being a footballer – for despite the riches and fine wages, it’s hard work, and it can be dreadfully nomadic, giving up so much that is dear in order to follow your dreams globally.
Katic appears to be in that camp, and if anyone ever doubted his commitment to Rangers, it’s surely dispelled now.
Get well soon big fella.