Rangers fans are all saying same thing about Niko Katic

Rangers fans are all saying same thing about Niko Katic
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Nikola Katic of Rangers celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on December 29, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers fans are all saying the same thing today about former Ibrox defender Nikola Katic after the-now Bosnian international starred for his birth nation v England at Wembley and shone easily.

Comments such as ‘never should have let him go’ and ‘get him back’ are ringing in the ears, but for once, the former one-time Croatia international wasn’t a mistake by Michael Beale or even Philippe Clement, but was one of quite a few boobs from former boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Katic confirmed at the time that Gio just wasn’t interested in him, wouldn’t talk to him, wouldn’t give him the time of day, despite the big defender’s desperation to star for Rangers, to play for Rangers.

Ibrox Noise once rated Katic a potentially-£10M defender or more, because he had every tool in the box to be among the best.

While he might not yet be quite at that level, his Bosnia debut as well as excellent maiden season performances with Swiss side Zurich (they finished a respectable fourth after being bottom when he signed) have many Rangers fans pining for his return, especially in light of how poor Rangers’ central defence ended up becoming.

Katic loved Rangers, he absolutely adored the city and the club, and the fans, and would have happily run through walls for the side, but was perennially mismanaged and mistreated by every manager he worked under – Steven Gerrard dumping him for no reason while in fine form, and Gio not being interested from the start.

As it was, Rangers sold him to Zurich, where he’s been very very good, and has now, having shock changed his choice of national team to the country of his birth in April, become an international.

Katic is one of the litany of diabolical decisions Rangers have made over the years, one of the many contributing factors to so few trophies and a conveyer belt of managers.

In future we really hope for a lot less decisions as bad as that one was.

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