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Steven Gerrard to arrive at Ibrox tomorrow as Rangers look to complete Connor Goldson deal

Daily Record logoDaily Record 12/06/2018 Gary Ralston
a man standing in front of a flag: Steven Gerrard meets the Rangers fans inside Ibrox © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Steven Gerrard meets the Rangers fans inside Ibrox

Steven Gerrard will check in at Ibrox tomorrow as Rangers ramp up their transfer activity for the new boss.

The Light Blues sealed a four year deal for Croatian defender Nikola Katic yesterday after he revealed he was ready to run to Scotland after hearing of interest from Gerrard.

They will also complete the deal for £3.5 million Brighton stopper Connor Goldson within the next 24 hours, clearing the way for him to join them on their training camp in the south of Spain next week.

Rangers have signed 6’ 4” Katic, capped once for his country last year, on a £2 million deal from Slaven Belupo after he jetted into Scotland to finalise personal terms.

a football player wearing a yellow shirt: Connor Goldson of Brighton & Hove Albion © Getty Connor Goldson of Brighton & Hove Albion

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He said: “When I was told Steven Gerrard wanted to sign me I told my agent I just needed to get my shoes and I would run to Scotland.

“He’s a legend of world football and I’m glad to be here with him. It’s a big pleasure to join Rangers, who are one of the biggest clubs in Europe and the world. It’s a big step for me.”

A towering centre-half born in Ljubuški, Katić started his football career at HNK Stolac in Bosnia and Herzegovina before moving to Neretvanac in Opuzen, Croatia, in 2014.

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.

a man standing in a room: Katic is Steven Gerrard's fifth summer signing © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Katic is Steven Gerrard's fifth summer signing

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Rangers new boy Nikola Katic claims his love for a tackle will help him be a success at Ibrox

A regular for the Croatian under-21s, Katić made 34 appearances last season and for several games took on the responsibility of being captain in the absence of the experienced Vedrun Purić.

He becomes the fourth Croatian to play for Rangers, following in the footsteps of Dado Pršo, Nikica Jelavić and Niko Kranjčar.

Gerrard is expected at Ibrox tomorrow afternoon for a series of meetings with senior club figures before the players arrive back for pre-season training on Friday.

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