NIKOLA Katic says he has a once in a lifetime chance at Rangers as he comes to the end of his first pre-season training camp with the club.
The Bosnian-born defender linked up with Steven Gerrard’s squad 10 days ago and importantly Connor Goldson, who will likely be his partner at the heart of the Gers backline. They could make their competitive debuts in the Europa League in just two weeks’ time.
Katic believes he and Goldson can build a winning partnership in a new look Rangers side, which is being whipped into shape by Gerrard and his team of coaches – something the 21-year-old is still pinching himself over.
Speaking to RangersTV in Spain he smiled: “It is brilliant out here in Spain; we have done some really great work out here with the coaches. We have been worked hard every day and have prepared well for next season.
“Here we play really fast but we need to prepare quickly for the European games.
“I met Connor on my first day here and he really helped me. I think we can do well together. We are prepared to play a really forward line with great pressure.
“He is a good player who has played in the Premier League and he has had some good experience, he is also older than me and when you put this together with me being really young then we can play well together.
“I am looking forward to getting back to Glasgow and getting to know new people and seeing a new city.
“Away from that I can’t wait to play my first game for Rangers, it is really close now and I am looking forward to running out at Ibrox.
“Playing in Europe is a big moment for me because the Europa League is such a huge platform.
“I have really worked hard to get here and now I have got the chance I will do my best every day to play well. This is a once in a lifetime chance.
“When I came for my medical I told no one else, just my family and then I sent them a message saying I had signed and about Steven Gerrard and my friends were so excited.
“The manager was a great player and he will be a great manager, it is a pleasure to work under him. His whole team are really good; they have helped me and the other players at every step.
Katic has impressed on a number of fronts whilst in the Costa del Sol, the Croatian international stands at 6’4 and was dominant at both ends of the pitch in training.
He continued: “I worked hard before I came here with my personal coach and then I was preparing for these challenges before I came here.
“My old coach in Croatia did a lot of running with us in pre-season so this for me wasn’t too new. We would have pre-season in the summer and then pre-season after Christmas.
“I have scored some good goals in training this week but it was maybe luck! Every game I will try to practise more and maybe I can score some goals this season.
“All the players really helped me when I came here and they have given me a really good welcome, they have really helped me to adapt to things.”