Nikola Katic could reportedly be set for a short-term Rangers exit after Serie A outfit Spezia “expressed an interest” in the Croatian defender.

The star has only just returned from a long-term knee injury that sidelined the player for a year and faces a real fight for the first-team minutes Nikola needs after going so long without any football.

According to the latest reports, Thiago Motta’s club could offer the centre-half the minutes he needs to force his way back into the senior team picture at Ibrox.

The Gers are likely to start the campaign with Filip Helander and Connor Goldson as the first-choice centre-half pairing, with the likes of Jack Simpson and Leon Balogun, also looking to force their way into the side.

After spending so long out, Katic can not afford to spend long stints of this season watching from the sidelines and looking to make the odd substitute appearance.

A transfer to Italy would be a fantastic chance for Katic and would really test the Rangers man as the player returns to playing following his injury.

Rangers are not exactly short of cover at central defender so there should not be anything to stop the club from looking to get him out on loan.

He is a big favourite of Rangers supporters though and few will want to see Katic leave Ibrox on a permanent basis.

There is no doubt over the potential former Slaven Belupo ace possesses but his 12 months on the sidelines could not have come at a worse time for his professional career.

The 24-year-old star could make a brilliant long-term replacement for Connor Goldson but the next one year is going to be huge for him.

Meantime, Arsenal remain keen on signing Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara, in spite of splashing the cash to bring Anderlecht prodigy Albert Sambi Lokonga to the Emirates.

The club were first linked with a swoop for Kamara – who came through the youth ranks at the Emirates – by Graeme Bailey of the Mirror in June.

However with little movement in this regard and the Gunners’ attentions seemingly somewhere else, plenty felt a transfer was never a goer, this campaign at least.

Now, Give Me Sport are claiming that the Premier League giants “remain interested” in a move for the 25-year-old Gers man.