Nikola Katic on the Borna Barisic Rangers pep talks bringing the best out in each other

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The Croatian duo have formed a close bond off the pitch as well as on it.


Rejuvenated Borna Barisic has found a home in Rangers’ rearguard and next-door neighbour Niko Katic is delighted
The Croatian duo have formed a close bond off the pitch as well as on it.
They supported each other at times of difficulty last season when Barisic struggled to adapt to the move from Osijek.
His buddy, meanwhile, toiled to nail down a spot after excelling early on following his £1.5million switch from Slaven Belupo.


Katic has been used more regularly at the heart of Rangers’ rearguard in this campaign, while left-back Barisic has been transformed with a run of seven successive starts under Steven Gerrard.
Katic said: “I’m really happy for Borna because I almost stay with him.

“We live in the same building, so often spend the whole day together.
“Last year he had problems with hamstring injuries and other things.
“He was also dealing with a new club, a new culture and a new league.
“It was difficult. He is obviously now happier away from the pitch because this is our life. When you play well in every game you will be happy away from football.


“If you are in a bad position – injured or not playing – you don’t feel good at all. That is the only difference I can see in him.
“He has started to do more work this season to prevent injuries to hamstrings and other things. Now he is playing amazingly well.
“You can see that in the last two or three months. He has scored great free-kicks and his confidence is really high.
“His performances for the Croatia national team have also been at a really high level.
“We try to help each other all the time. When I am not playing he tries to help me and we have positive talks. I did the same for him when he had difficult times.

“We try to help each other whenever possible.”
Two-and-a-half years have passed since Katic’s one and only cap – in a friendly against Mexico – after being a regular at Under-21 level.
Zlatko Dalic’s side reached last summer’s World Cup Final, losing to France, and the 23-year-old said: “It is really difficult to break in there.
“But I have faith in myself and definitely think in future I will be a Croatia national team player.”
 
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