Niko Katic is in the press today, but the most telling thing the Croat said wasn’t about his future aspirations, it was about how he will not be moving to Hadjuk Split because they can’t afford him.
Even then, that’s not the most telling part.
The most telling part was Katic proving even the most ITK sources (including ourselves) get plenty things wrong, after reports all year (including from club media sources and official partners) claimed there was a £3M purchase clause in his loan contract to Croatia.
The man himself today confirmed that was completely false, and it was actually €1.5M, or just over £1M.
And even then, Split couldn’t afford THAT either – financially they must be in a desperate place if they can’t afford a £1M player.
Rangers are clearly open to selling the likeable fella, but as his agent said, no suitable offers have come in.
His market value is sub-£1M but Hadjuk can probably barely afford half of even that, so his going back to a club he loved his time at isn’t happening. Unless Rangers do a mutual consent on him.
He admits he’s struggling at Rangers, and basically has no pathway to the first team, but that’s peripheral in this piece.
Just that true release clause. We got it wrong – we understood it to be £3M. Bet none of the other ‘ITK’ sources will admit they were talking cr*p.