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Axed- Star defender leads the Ibrox exodus

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Niko Katic is the first victim of what is expected to be a savage round of Ibrox cost cutting.

The 24-year-old defender was tipped as a Balon d’Or candidate soon after moving to Ibrox but last season was a right-off after he suffered a training ground injury from one of his side’s star strikers.

Brave Niko battled his way back to full fitness but has largely been overlooked in pre-season matches with duds like Jack Simpson and Leon Balogun getting game time ahead of the uncapped Croat.

Malmo’s Champions League victory has sent a cold chill through Ibrox with transfer guru Ross Wilson ordered to learn how to shift players out the door.

The Sun reports:

NIKO KATIC has been told his Rangers career is OVER.

SunSport understands the champions are now looking to offload the Croat before the transfer window closes.

Katic, 24, has fallen down the pecking order after a career-threatening knee injury saw him miss out on an historic campaign for Gers.

And we can now reveal Ibrox sporting director Ross Wilson met with Katic’s agent last week — and instructed him to find the defender a new club.

The Croatian stopper joined Gers in June 2018 on a four-year deal, when he moved from Slaven Belupo.

Katic became good friends with Jozo Simunovic and Filip Benkovic when he moved to Glasgow in 2018.

First choice central defender Connor Goldson has refused to sign a new deal with his contract expiring at the end of this season.

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