Rangers defender Nikola Katic was probably very, very grateful to new teammate Florian Kamberi come the final whistle of the Gers’ trip to face St. Johnstone on Sunday afternoon.
The Croatian centre-back went a long way towards gift-wrapping the hosts’ opener in a 2-2 draw as he fluffed a clearance that allowed Callum Henry to race through and slide one under Allan McGregor.
It was, without any exaggeration, an absolute howler.
Rather than just calmly hoofing a relatively routine ball straight back where it had come from, the defender instead managed to put it straight up in the air, leading to boundless confusion.
Thankfully, Kamberi came to his rescue to some extent.
The 24-year-old not only brought his side level with a superb finish, but then backed it up with a fantastic assist to allow Joe Aribo to make it 2-1.
A late Stevie May goal dampened the celebrations, however, and ultimately meant that the Gers dropped two precious points.
More than anything else though, Katic looked like a disaster waiting to happen all game.
His mistake was one thing, but there were a number of other incidents when he looked downright shaky – hashing clearances, missing balls entirely, and generally looking off the pace.
The last thing Rangers need right now is a player in such a vital position underperforming so drastically, and unless something can be done to resurrect Katic’s form quickly, he will surely be dropped.
Here are some of the best reactions from fans…
Katic has been absolutely dreadful losing every header now just gave st Johnstone a goal
— CJ (@Cjnovo992) February 23, 2020
Big Katic man, having an absolute nightmare.
This relying on an individual bit of brilliance to save us every week is tiresome.
— Alfredco Morelos (@Pena_Cartel) February 23, 2020
How many mistakes has Katic made now? Becoming a liability
— Mr M (@MBS1872) February 23, 2020
Hink big Katic wis on the nightshift last nyt
— marky (@Marky_RFC) February 23, 2020
Katic is an accident waiting to happen, hopefully Gerrard reacts and brings Edmunson on
— Robert Johnstone (@boabjohnstone) February 23, 2020
What is katic doing
— Brian Williamson🇬🇧🇬🇧 (@brianwlliamson) February 23, 2020
Take. Katic. Off.
— Chris Bett (@chr1sbett) February 23, 2020
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