Glasgow Rangers defender Nikola Katic has opened up on his interactions with club icon Richard Gough and admitted that this is a player whose successes he would like to emulate.
The 22-year-old arrived at the Gers from Slaven Belupo during the summer of 2018. He would have been hoping to come to Scotland in order to hone his talents as a footballer.
However, the one-time capped Croatian international has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular for Rangers.
So far this season, he has made 13 appearances in the Scottish Premiership for Steven Gerrard’s Gers side who are currently in second position on the League standings and ten points adrift of leaders Celtic who look set to win yet another title.
Despite being in an out of the Rangers first-team and not making the desired impact, Katic has revealed that he gets “great advice” from club legend Gough on how to become a better player.
“I met him when I arrived here for the first time when I was in a hotel. He’s a really good guy and it was a great experience,” Katic told the Evening Times.
“He’s a really good friend, he always gives me great advice and tells some great stories. I was delighted to meet him again. He was a really good support to me when I was out of the team.
“He played when I wasn’t born, but I asked around about him and I Googled him. He was a big leader like the gaffer was.
“And he’s definitely the player I would like to become in the future. I will keep his advice to myself.”
Rangers have improved this season under the helm of Gerrard.
The Liverpool legend will however need to make changes to the squad this summer if he is to finally take the title away from Celtic next season and this will involve offloading a few players.
The Englishman must however keep Katic. While the Croatian is not a first-team regular, he has the potential to become one and is likely to get better with age as he is still a developing player.
When Gough was a Rangers player, the Gers won nine Scottish Premier Division titles, four Scottish Cups and six Scottish League Cups. If there is someone that Katic can take advice from on how to improve his game, it is the 56-year-old.