Rangers recently snapped up the signature of Nikola Katic from Slaven Belupo. The one-cap Croatia international cost a fee reported by The Scottish Sun to be in the region of £1.5 million. It was a deal which had Rangers fans frantically Googling the 21-year-old.
What they have found has fans in Glasgow excited. Katic is a brilliant young talent and the sort of foreign recruit that Rangers used to make. In recent times most of Rangers’ recruits have been homegrown talent or run-of-the-mill players from south of the border.
Last summer they snapped up Alfredo Morelos, an inspired piece of business despite his frustrating habits. This year, Katic looks like an even better catch.
His former sporting director has this week stated he can go on to become the next Dejan Lovren, the £20 million Liverpool defender.
However, it is the man he partners at Liverpool that Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will hope he can emulate. Virgil van Dijk was plucked from relative obscurity by Celtic back in 2013 from Groningen.
He went on to become Scottish football’s standout defender and earned a move to Southampton. Now the world’s most expensive centre-back at £75 million, Rangers fans can only hope that Katic can have a similar impact at Ibrox as the Dutchman did at Parkhead.
If he can, then Rangers have found themselves an absolute gem.