Nikola Katic: Rangers sign Croatian defender on four-year deal

Rangers hope to sign Croatian defender Nikola Katic

Rangers are hopeful they can beat Spartak Moscow to the signing of Croatian defender Nikola Katic, Press Association Sport understands.

Katic is a 21-year-old centre-back who made his global debut for Croatia last year, and is a regular in his current club's side.

In February 2016 he joined Slaven Belupo in the northern city of Koprivnica, a club that finished seventh in the Croatian First Football League in 2017/18.

Towering at 6ft 4in, the centre-back's main strength is in the air, however he will provide a strong presence in a Rangers back four that struggled mightily last season, conceding the most goals out of the top six sides in the Scottish Premiership. The Daily Record recently reported that Connor Goldson is close to joining from Brighton, so perhaps the Gers could have a new look first-choice centre-back partnership next season.

Katic is the fifth summer signing for Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard, following deals for Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy and Ovie Ejaria.

Meanwhile, striker Joe Dodoo is closing in on a loan move to Blackpool.

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