Rangers came up trumps against a difficult opponent on Thursday to gain entry into the Europa League group stages, and the performance of Nikola Katic has fans running out of superlatives for the towering Croatian.
The Gers faced a huge task after failing to find an away goal in the first leg in Poland, but earned a 1-0 win thanks to Alfredo Morelos’ late glancing header.
Of course, the Colombian’s big moment will steal all the newspaper headlines, but Katic is the man fans are all talking about.
The 22 year-old started last season impressively, but was left out of the side for a long period of time, with Steven Gerrard clearly thinking the break would do him good.
And it’s done exactly that, as he’s started this campaign in fine form, capping it off with an utterly dominant performance on Thursday night.
He received an 8.5 out of 10 in Football Scotland’s player ratings, with the outlet making reference to one particularly crucial intervention he made that lifted Ibrox to its feet.
Have a look at the best Twitter reactions down below, where fans are blown away by the 6 foot 4 ace…
None of us are ready … or worthy.
— ℛangersℛadio (@RangersRadioRFC) August 29, 2019
Katic and Jack 1st on the team sheet ??
— Dougieboyy (@Dougieboyy) August 29, 2019
He’s Katic you knowwww, better than Cannavaro
— Barry Anderson (@creanstar) August 29, 2019
Reckon he’d stop messi one on one
— Lew ?? (@barcelona_1972) August 30, 2019
Best Centre Back in Scotland by far
— SJL (@ScottLamberton1) August 29, 2019
I said last year that in 3 years he would be worth 15 million and my tweet was used by the daily record an people laughed at it ? big man would heeder his own granny if he thought she was gna score!
— Hurricane (@CraigLaughland) August 30, 2019
KING KATIC ??
What a performance, dominating, determined & resolute
A warrior, won everything
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4ladshadadream) August 29, 2019
Katic though was immense, this kid is a warrior and he’s not losing his place for anyone. Our best defender.
— Rangers Bantz (@RangersBanter17) August 29, 2019
I have no idea if this was a managerial masterclass by Gerrard or pure luck, but whatever he was doing and saying to Katic last season seems to have him done the world of good. Looks incredible at the moment
— Fraser McNab (@frazzy_doo) August 29, 2019
I’m sorry bears but Niko Katic and Alfredo Morelos are not class football players. They are world class football players.
— Yacky (@hesaidnoto) August 29, 2019