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Rangers: Giovanni van Bronckhorst played a blinder with Nikola Katic

Glasgow Rangers’ season hasn’t quite gotten off the ground yet as they sit four points off the top of the Premiership table and lie bottom of their Champions League group without a win, scoring just once in the tournament.

Aside from Antonio Colak, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s summer signings haven’t really clicked or made a telling impact. This is worrying for the Ibrox faithful, who would have wanted to see the starting XI significantly improved.

The Dutchman did manage to get rid of some deadwood at the club, though, with the likes of Jack Simpson, Cedric Itten and Glenn Middleton all moving on to pastures new.

The 47-year-old did play a blinder by selling defender Nikola Katic to FC Zurich, especially with the Croatian struggling to adjust in Switzerland.

Rangers played a blinder by selling Katic

The centre-back joined the Ibrox giants in 2018 under Steven Gerrard and enjoyed a mixed couple of seasons, with the undoubted highlight being an Old Firm winner against Celtic in December 2019, which gave the Light Blues their first win at Parkhead in nine long years. Gerrard dubbed the defender a “warrior” following his goal and performance in that match.

Ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, though, the Croatian suffered a serious knee injury and was ruled out of the season, missing the club’s first title win in ten years.

A loan spell back in his homeland with Hadjuk Split saw him claim a Croatian Cup winner’s medal, but Van Bronckhorst decided to move him on this summer, and it looks to be the right decision.

The 26-year-old has struggled this season with his new team, especially in the Europa League. He has an average SofaScore rating of just 6.5/10 in that competition and Zurich have conceded 11 goals when Katic has played.

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Winning just 27% of ground duels and losing possession on average 8.7 times per match aren’t statistics which would have made him a success if he stayed at Rangers this season.

His current performances prove that, despite the Dutchman’s questionable business in the summer, he at least managed to clear up some funds by selling Katic, which looks like it has been the correct decision.

Article title: Rangers: Giovanni van Bronckhorst played a blinder with Nikola Katic

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