Nikola Katic Rangers loan terms explained as Hajduk Split clarifies recall confusion


Hajduk Split has confirmed that Nikola Katic could be recalled from his loan in January.

The Rangers center-back returned to his native Croatia on deadline day, but there was confusion over the exact terms.

Split have announced that they have an option to buy into the deal while Katic’s parent club have said they could join Steven Gerrard’s side in January.

It is understood that both things are in place with the permanent option not taking effect until the end of the season.

And Hajduk has confirmed that Rangers could call him back in the next transfer window, or they could cancel the loan deal as well.

Nikolicius said: “The contract is a loan with a callback offer. We can do the same, that’s how these things work in loan agreements like this.

“Nikola had other offers. It’s a big signing for Hajduk.

“A great defenseman who can work his way into the national team if he plays well for us and comes back to where he was when he was with the Rangers.

“He feels good and is in great shape. He has been training fully for several months now.

“I think our fans will love it.”

Katic joined Rangers from Slaven Belupo in 2018, but missed the entirety of last season with a serious knee injury as his teammates won the Premiership title.

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