Niko Katic’s situation at Rangers got muddied a little when his agent confirmed he’s having to stay at Rangers (for now) because no one else has made a suitable offer.
The Croat is not high on the list of priorities for Gio and has been told internally to look at his options, but unfortunately it doesn’t appear at the moment that there are too many for him.
Hadjuk Split are still monitoring the situation and would 100% sign him but they can’t afford the fee of a reported £3M, with the Croats only willing to shell up to a third of that.
But what we find a little curious is Katic is in the final year of his deal now, same as Kent and Morelos, and intriguingly, Aribo was.
Rangers sold Aribo for half of his market value, maybe less, but won’t sell Katic for a third of his even though his market value is around the £1M mark.
We wonder why Rangers are reluctant to ship the defender back to Split permanently.
Katic in truth is likely to go out there on loan again, or somewhere else, winding down his contract till he’s a free agent, because no one is coming in with a big offer for him at the moment.
His stock, unfortunately, is low.
Some fans believe he’s been badly treated by the club, while Golden Boy Goldson has treated the club badly yet is untouchable, with Katic instead on the outside looking in.
And it’s hard to disagree.
The club under Gerrard treated him shockingly for 2 years, before an ACLI compounded his misery, before he again got treated badly in being shipped out on false pretences.
And now he’s back, and Gio isn’t treating him badly – he’s just not his player and he’s not interested in him. That’s his right.
Does he deserve a chance? Probably, but he’s not this manager’s man so we’d argue he’s not going to get one.
What next for Niko Katic…