Rangers midfielder Niko Kranjcar has given supporters a boost by claiming that he is close to full fitness, and insisting that the football is “listening to him” again.
The 32-year-old has endured a rough time since moving to Scotland from New York Cosmos, evidenced by his wayward performance in the recent game against arch rivals Celtic, with Rangers losing 5-1 and Kranjcar being subbed at half-time.
But having moved to Ibrox back in June, the former Croatia international is confident that his extra work behind the scenes will start to pay off soon, and the player who wowed crowds in the English Premier League will soon properly introduce himself to the Scottish Premiership.
Speaking to Rangers TV, via Inside Futbol, Kranjcar said: “I am getting into the rhythm of games.
“The ball is listening to me much more than a month ago.
“I am getting to understand the whole team, everybody’s movement and the way they play football; fitness wise, I have done a lot of extra work.
“I never was, and I never will be a player who runs the most on the pitch or be the quickest; for me it’s important to find the pockets on the field where I can get on the ball and make this team dangerous going forward.
“And when I will be doing that, I guess everyone will say I am sharp enough.”
Kranjcar is expected to play some part in Rangers’ tricky-looking trip to face Aberdeen on Sunday, with manager Mark Warburton knowing that nothing short of three points will do.
But what do you make of the midfielder’s comments? If he does regain his full fitness, how big a player could he be for Rangers?
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