Nikola Katić

Nikola Katić (Croatian pronunciation: [nǐkola kǎːtitɕ, - kâː-];[1][2] born 10 October 1996) is a Croatian footballer, who plays for Scottish Premiership club Rangers as a defender.[3] He has played once for the Croatia national team, in 2017.

Nikola Katić
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Katić with Rangers in 2018
Personal information
Full name Nikola Katić
Date of birth (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Ljubuški, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Rangers
Number 19
Youth career
2004–2014 HNK Stolac
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Neretvanac Opuzen 36 (1)
2016–2018 Slaven Belupo 64 (1)
2018– Rangers 34 (3)
National team
2017–2019 Croatia U21 8 (0)
2017– Croatia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 February 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 June 2019

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Katić started his football career in 2001 at HNK Stolac in his native Stolac,[4] before moving on to NK Neretvanac in Opuzen, Croatia. He was soon moved to the club's senior team and started featuring in Treća HNL Jug.[5] A year later, he went on a trial with HNK Hajduk Split's reserve team, but did not sign.[6] A year later, however, he moved to top-tier NK Slaven Belupo.[7] Initially mostly featuring for the youth team, Katić broke into the club's first squad in the 2016–17 season.

RangersEdit

In June 2018, Katić left Slaven to join Scottish Premiership club Rangers on a four-year deal, for an undisclosed transfer fee.[8] On 29 December 2019, Katić scored the winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Celtic, the first win at Celtic Park for Rangers since 2010.[9]

International careerEdit

Katić represented Croatia at under-21 level, playing against Austria and Slovenia in 2017.[10] Katić was called up to the senior Croatia team in May 2017, and he made his full international debut as a substitute in a 2–1 win against Mexico.

He was named in Croatia's squad for UEFA Under-21 Euro 2019 and was featured in all three group stage matches as Croatia finished last in the group following losses to Romania and France and a draw with England.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 12 February 2020[11]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[a] Other[b] Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Slaven Belupo 2015–16 1. HNL 1 0 0 0 1 0
2016–17 29 1 3 1 32 2
2017–18 34 0 2 1 36 1
Total 64 1 5 2 69 3
Rangers 2018–19 Scottish Premier League 18 1 1 0 2 1 9[c] 1 30 3
2019–20 16 2 2 0 1 0 7[c] 1 26 3
Total 34 3 3 0 3 1 16 2 56 6
Career total 98 4 8 2 3 1 16 2 125 9

InternationalEdit

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Croatia 2017 1 0
Total 1 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nìkola". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 17 March 2018. Nìkola
  2. ^ "Katarína". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 17 March 2018. Kátlić (Kȃtić)
  3. ^ "Nikola Katlic (Belupo) - Player Profile - FlashScore.com".
  4. ^ Nikola Katić at the NK Slaven Belupo official page
  5. ^ Hajduk B probe i prinove at NogometPlus.net
  6. ^ Hajduk B probe i prinove at NogometPlus.net
  7. ^ Nikola Katić potpisao za Slaven Belupo at NK Slaven Belupo official page
  8. ^ "Nikola Katic: Rangers sign Croatian defender on four-year deal". BBC Sport. 12 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  9. ^ English, Tom (29 December 2019). "Celtic 1-2 Rangers: Nikola Katic gives Steven Gerrard's side Old Firm derby win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  10. ^ "NIKOLA KATIĆ". Croatia FA. 12 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Nikola Katic". soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 20 December 2019.

External linksEdit