Even though Rangers defender Nikola Katic only started against Motherwell due to the injury picked up by Filip Helander, he certainly took advantage of the opportunity at Fir Park.
The Croatian was given the nod by Steven Gerrard ahead of George Edmundson and opened the scoring in the first half despite a slow start from the Gers.
It was a good opening goal to get, with Motherwell conceding the opener for only the third time this season – even better that they lost the other two in the Scottish Premier League.
Rangers didn’t really start the game that well, but settled into the clash after Katic’s opener, and went on to dominate the rest of the first half.
Many Rangers fans reacted to Katic’s display in the clash, with the majority left questioning why he doesn’t start more often because he is one of the club’s best defenders.
Here are a selection of the Tweets…
oh how i’ve missed you
— Hannah Firman🐻 (@hannahfirman_30) December 15, 2019
— BaldyBarisicLoyal💙 (@SuperScottyA) December 15, 2019
What a guy
— StephenHay (@HayRfc) December 15, 2019
— Riverr (@Riverr19050311) December 15, 2019
Even though they went wild for the goal, many weren’t exactly surprised, claiming that this is what happens when you select the Croatian enforcer in the starting 11.
Katic Freed, Katic Goal. Love Him!!
— The Donfather🇬🇧🏴 (@DougieDon1) December 15, 2019
Hes literally our best CB, why do we never play him
— Aidan McGunnigal (@AidanMcgunnigal) December 15, 2019
This is what happens when you free Katic. 🔴⚪🔵
— 👑 King Pin Dazza 👑 (@Kingpindazza) December 15, 2019
— Emma Q 🏴🇬🇧 (@EKQuinny02) December 15, 2019
The 23-year-old was only making his seventh start of the season on Sunday, and he slotted alongside Connor Goldson perfectly for the Light Blues.
He won the majority of his battles and certainly gave Gerrard something to think about at Ibrox when Helander returns from injury as to who will be given a start in the middle of the defence.
Based on the Rangers fans reactions on Sunday, they would love to see Katic given that opportunity to cement his spot in the side between now and the end of the campaign.
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