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Rangers sign Croatian defender Nikola Katic from Slaven Belupo on four-year deal

Rangers sign Croatian defender Nikola Katic on a four-year contract, Ibrox
Image: Nikola Katic poses at Ibrox after penning a four-year contract a Rangers

Rangers have completed the signing of Croatian defender Nikola Katic from Slaven Belupo on a four-year deal.

Sky Sports News reported on Tuesday that the club had agreed a fee with Slaven Belupo in the region of £2m for the 21-year-old, who has won one cap for the Croatian national side.

Katic becomes Steven Gerrard's fifth signing as Gers boss, and the central defender said the chance to work with the former Liverpool and England captain at Ibrox was too good to turn down.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 04:  Steven Gerrard shakes hands with Dave King as he is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers football Club at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Image: Katic becomes Steven Gerrard’s fifth signing as Gers boss

"It is a big pleasure to be here as this is one big club, one of the biggest in Europe and in the world. It is good to be here and this is a big step for me," he told RangersTV.

"When they told me Steven Gerrard wanted to take me, I told my agent I'd get my shoes on and run to Scotland! He is a legend of football all over the world and I am glad to be here with him.

"It's a big club in a strong league. I can play in Europe and play in front of 50,000 fans at every home game. It's wonderful and a really good step for me."

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Katic, who made 34 appearances for Slaven Belupo last season, believes his game will be suited to Scottish football.

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"I am the sort of player who likes a duel and in Scotland, the type of football I think is for me. There are a lot of long-balls and a lot of duels, and that is what I like.

"I've seen the stadium on television and I have read about the fans and the rivalry with Celtic. It is really great and I cannot wait to play here.

New Rangers signing Scott Arfield poses with the shirt
Image: Katic will join fellow new signing Scott Arfield at Rangers

"I want to train hard every day and help the team to get better results in every game, and to try and win the Scottish league and cup.

"Rangers needs to be in with the top European clubs, and I will try with the other players to move this club to the top of European football."

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