By Joe Ellis

29th Jul, 2022 | 4:10pm

Rangers to try and find new club for Nikola Katic after talks with manager

Rangers defender Nikola Katic is going to have to find himself another new club this summer after talks with Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The 25-year-old spent the 2021-22 campaign on loan at Hadjuk Split in his native Croatia where he played 25 matches and helped the club to victory in the Croatian Cup.

Katic, a one-time Croatian international, will now have to put the word out on his availability although he will be helped in his search by the Light Blues before the transfer window closes.

“Niko was on loan last season and it is always good for me to work with all the players we have under contract,” van Bronckhorst said in his pre-match press conference and shared by Sky Sports Scotland on Twitter.

“Niko was back this season and is a great person but I spoke with him last week about his future with the club and we agreed that it would be nice for him to get another club.

“So his future for next season will not be at Rangers and he has to find a club where he can play which is something we will help him with.”

Ruthless

Some clubs often fall foul of being too nice when they want to try and sell players that are no longer needed but there is no sign of that at Ibrox.

Katic did little to light up any scouting reports last season in Croatia and the recent signings of John Souttar and Ben Davies give him even more competition at centre-half and there is just no way in for him.

At 25 years of age, you can’t be sitting on the sofa every single week because you aren’t good enough to play for the club you are at and that is what he would end up doing with Connor Goldson, Leon King and Filip Helander also ahead of him in the pecking order.

It is good of the club to try and help him find his next step because most clubs would just leave him to it but the ruthless nature of cutting his chances straight away is exactly the firm hand needed at the helm at Auchenhowie.

In other Rangers news, there is a golden chance to make a £5million transfer move for a brilliant midfielder but they have to act fairly quickly.