By Saikat Mandal

29th Jul, 2022 | 6:10pm

Rangers must look for best deal possible as Nikola Katic set for Ibrox exit

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has made it clear that Nikola Katic has no future at Rangers.

The Croatian defender admitted to Sportske Novosti (27 July) that he hopes to continue at Ibrox, but the final decision rests with the manager.

It seems the decision has been made, and Van Bronckhorst has suggested that both have agreed that it would be best for Katic to move elsewhere after talks were held.

“I spoke with Niko, who was on loan last season. It’s always good to work with players under contract so Niko was back this pre-season,” said Van Bronckhorst (29 July) as quoted by Rangers Review.

“He is a great person and I spoke with him last week about his future. We agreed it would be best for him to get another club and play elsewhere. His future will not be at Rangers. He has to find a club where he can play and we will help him with that.”

It’s really unfortunate for Katic. He was one of the star players under Steven Gerrard but an unfortunate injury has changed everything.

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He missed almost an entire season and was loaned out to Hajduk Split in his homeland.

Van Bronckhorst had a look at him in the pre-season and the decision was made accordingly. Rangers lost Calvin Bassey this summer, but they have added sufficient depth to the squad.

John Souttar joined the club in the summer on a free transfer while Ben Davies joined from Liverpool.

Likewise, Leon King has been showing enough promise, and he is expected to get more chances in the upcoming season.

Jordan Campbell of The Atheltic has suggested that the Dutchman wants to play a high line and play out from the back, and probably he felt Katic doesn’t fit his type.

He is almost certain to leave the club. Katic still has one year left on his deal, and Rangers must look to get the best possible deal out of his transfer, which they can reinvest probably in January.

In other Rangers news, Ross Wilson now has names lined up just in case Alfredo Morelos seals his exit this summer