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Alex McLeish has reacted to the news that Rangers defender Nikola Katic will be missing for the rest of the season through injury.

The 24-year-old has suffered a serious cruciate ligament, and although there were hopes he could play in this campaign, they were recently dashed.

McLeish has claimed that the enforcer will be questioning whether or not he will be able to perform at the same level at Ibrox once he returns.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “When I had long-term injuries myself, my experience with it was the most frustrating part.

“One thing is when you’re going through long-term recovery, you wonder if you’re going to come back at the same level.

“These methods are tried and test, but there’s obviously more advanced methods since I have played.”

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This will have been crushing news for Katic.

After one of the best seasons of his professional career which included that memorable afternoon against Celtic in the Old Firm, he was told he wouldn’t play for a year.

With the injury in such a delicate area too, there will be that initial concern over going into big challenges when first returning, although he can’t afford for that to happen.

McLeish believes that doubts could start to creep into the mind of Katic, but hopefully seeing his side charge towards 55 will be having a brilliant effect on his mindset.

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