By Pranav Shahaney

23rd Jun, 2022 | 2:10pm

Nikola Katic could return to Hajduk Split if Rangers lower asking price

Nikola Katic could reportedly seal his permanent Rangers exit this summer and return to Hajduk Split after a loan spell there.

In conversation with Glasgow Times journalist Chris Jack, Frane Vulas of the Split newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija, said that there is interest in getting him back to the Croatian club.

However, as things stand, Gers’ asking price remains a tad high and they’re not keen on signing him if that is not reduced.

He said, “I think Hajduk were keen to keep him for next season. I cannot say they’re unhappy, but financially Hajduk is not in a position to pay a big amount of money for transfer fees.

“If Rangers lower their asking price I believe it’s still possible to see him again in Hajduk team and that’s the best possible solution for Nikola.”

Time to negotiate

Katic is unlikely to impress too many coaches at Ibrox this summer, at least not enough for him to merit a regular starting berth.

Instead of keeping him on the bench, it may be best for the club to negotiate with the team(s) that are keen on signing him.

Clubs know that he’s not up to the level of the Gers first team and thus will not pay over the top for his services.

Ross Wilson and co must do whatever they can to drive up the interest in his services and get the best possible price for him.

If this means negotiation with Split and bringing down their valuation then so be it as they cannot afford to sit on him too much as his price will only plummet.

In other Rangers news, contract talks with a key player have hit a new impasse with a summer exit now on the cards.