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Katic injury leaves Gerrard dealing with early headache ahead of new season

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Major setback: Nikola Katic is out until the New Year after suffering an injury

Major setback: Nikola Katic is out until the New Year after suffering an injury

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard

Major setback: Nikola Katic is out until the New Year after suffering an injury

With Rangers heading off to France next week for a mini-tournament with Nice, Lyon and Celtic (teams from the same country won't play each other), the last thing Steven Gerrard needed was a long-term injury - but that's exactly what has happened to Nikola Katic.

The 22-year-old Croatian central defender will be out until the New Year, and with the new Scottish Premiership season just around the corner, it leaves Gerrard with a dilemma; does he trust the three centre-halves available to him - Conor Goldson, Filip Helander and George Edmundson - until Katic's return, or does he use up vital transfer funds to sign a replacement?

Rangers will have targets in various positions, of that there's no doubt, but a new central defender wouldn't have been in his thinking.