BORNA BARISIC insists Croatian countryman Niko Katic is doing everything possible to return to full fitness for Rangers as quickly as he can.
The centre-back suffered cruciate knee ligament damage during pre-season training and was forced to go under the knife as he was ruled out of action for several months.
Katic now won’t play for Steven Gerrard’s side this term and Barisic knows it has been a tough campaign as his compatriot has had to watch the Gers move to within touching distance of the Premiership title.
Barisic said: “Yes, of course, it is important for him. It is my responsibility.
“I am the closest to him here and I spend every day with him, not only at the training ground but also outside of the training ground.
“Sometimes it’s not easy for him because of the injury. We have played very well and he wants to be part of that.
“But I have tried to help him as much as I can. He’s in a good condition, he’s working very hard and I know he has sacrificed a lot because he wants to come back stronger.
“He’s a very strong character. I know everything that he is doing, not only inside the training ground but outside too.
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“Believe me, he is doing everything possible to come back stronger and faster. He has missed a lot of football and I know he is giving everything to get back. He watches all our games.”
Rangers return to action against Kilmarnock aiming to take another step towards the title and maintain their unbeaten league run.
A 1-1 draw with Hamilton last weekend was only the fourth time they have dropped points this term and Barisic said: “We didn’t play very good football. It was one point and maybe we should be happy we got a draw in the end.
“It’s past now, we had a good chat and we cannot accept this is how we play football. Days like this can happen.”