NIKOLA Katic says he must work to keep his place in the Rangers XI after being regaining his spot towards the end of 2019.

The centre-half slotted back in alongside Connor Goldson on December 12, after Filip Helander was ruled out for a lengthy period following a foot injury in the League Cup Final.

Katic had an impressive run after his return as Rangers went unbeaten in five games and the Gers defence only conceded twice. The period culminated in the Croatian heading home the Old Firm winner on December 29.

Speaking to the media ahead of the return to Premiership action this Wednesday, he said: “I am happy after the break in the league to be starting again.

“We had the game on Friday and it was really good to get a game in before the start of the Premiership. As the manager said we are ready to go.

“Maintaining the momentum is important but the most important thing is that the team keep winning. When the team are playing well then it means I am playing well as an individual.

“I want to play every day but the winter break is what it is. It wasn’t that long, it was a short break but we did a lot of good things, me as an individual and the team as a team. 

“It is always tough to come back into the team but I always work hard when I am not playing I am always ready for a chance.

“I think I bring my quality to the team and I have a chance again to keep my place, play good and help the team.”

Rangers play St Mirren on at Ibrox this midweek before heading to Tynecastle to take on Hearts on Sunday.

Katic admits to being on a high after his derby day exploits and hopes the confidence will serve him well.

He continued:

“I have watched my goal back a million times!

“It means a lot to me, since I was a child I would dream of scoring a winner in a big game and obviously that was a big game. I was happy because I scored and helped the team to win.

“I don’t know what has changed, I just have to keep doing what I am doing now and practise in every session and score as much as possible.

“It was really amazing because my brother was in the stand at Celtic Park. It was a special moment for me and for him. 

“When you have just 800 people in such a big stadium it is special moments – that’s how I’d describe it.”

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