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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has admitted that he wouldn’t recall Nikola Katic even if he could as it would be a ‘selfish’ decision.
Katic is currently on-loan at Croatian side Hadjuk Split as he steps up his recovery from a serious long-term injury and he can’t be recalled.
And Rangers have been handed a huge blow with Filip Helander ruled out for the ‘foreseeable future’ after sustaining an injury against St Johnstone.
It leaves the club short at centre-back, with Jack Simpson ineligible in Europe, however, Gerrard insists Katic is at the best place for his recovery.
“Even if I had the opportunity to bring Niko back I wouldn’t because it would be very selfish from me,’ he said.
“Niko’s at a stage where he needs to play regularly to get back to his level and I think he’s in the right place for that.
“I’m confident we’ve got the right amount of cover assuming we don’t have any more issues.”
Gerrard also provided an update on Ianis Hagi, who missed Rangers’ weekend win over St Johnstone after testing positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Romania.
He said: “We’re having conversations to try and get him back as soon as possible.
“With the news of the decision the Scottish Government have made over the past 24 hours to allow players in who have been in red countries, we’ll try get Ianis back as soon as possible.
“There’s conversations going as we speak but unfortunately it’s out of my control. I don’t have a day or an exact time he’ll be here but from my point of view I need him back as soon as possible.”
Source – GlasgowLive