Rangers center-back Katic unlikely to return from loan

Kris Boyd reckons Niko Katic may have already played his last game for Rangers after James Sands received his jersey.

The Croatian center-back is currently on loan to his national team Hajduk Split, and he is no longer number 19 at Ibrox after the United States international midfielder, 21, received the jersey upon arriving from New York earlier. this week.

Boyd believes Katic won’t be missed, saying he’s never been a big fan of the praise the defender received at Ibrox.

The Sky Sports expert told the Scottish Sun: “It also looks like Rangers are going to lose another defender with Niko Katic’s Ibrox days now looking numbered.

“The Croatian’s No.19 jersey has been handed over to new signing James Sands, suggesting he won’t be returning to Govan.

“There is no loyalty in football and that is exactly what is happening.

“The players are essential, although I never believed the hype that Katic was a world batsman in the first place.

“I think he took advantage of other defenders playing and making mistakes. His stock increased during his absence with injury.

“As a result, he was presented as a better player than he actually was.

“Yes, he was unhappy with an injury, but if he doesn’t come back I don’t think he will be missed.”

Is it over for Niko?

Katic has since deleted his personal Instagram account after development as the club’s traces of his social media account have disappeared.

While things might have been different if Steven Gerrard hadn’t left, the arrival of Giovanni van Bronckhorst changed a lot, and the fact that the Rangers chose not to call him back this month despite their concerns. rear injury says it all.

They look elsewhere instead, and it is safe to say that giving out her number means a lot.

Katic spent the whole of 2020-21 injured after rupturing his ACL ligament in preseason training, and the Rangers were forced to recruit from full-back in his absence.

With Gerrard gone, it looks like everyone has moved on, and he should now look to continue impressing at Hajduk Split in order to seal a permanent move this summer.

Seeing his jersey handed to someone else would have been heartbreaking, but the reality is the Rangers don’t see him coming back, and they didn’t hesitate to move on quickly once Sands arrived.

In other Rangers news, a report shared which GvB players will allow leaving Ibrox this month.

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