Kranjcar and Windass both arrived during the same transfer window, with the ex-Tottenham play-maker widely expected to be a star for the Ibrox club.
However, a host of injuries and the fact that he isn’t getting any younger seriously hampered Kranjcar’s time at Rangers… and he had his contract terminated by mutual consent last week.
And while Windass has proved himself to be a better signing than Kranjcar in the Light Blue jersey, the former Accrington winger also heaped praise on the 33-year-old.
He told Soccer AM host Adam Smith, “He [Kranjcar] is unbelievable. He’s been a big influence on my career because I’ve looked at football in a different way.
“His first training session, just the quality he had with the football is ridiculous. The advice he’s given me and the praise he’s given me has been really helpful.”
Windass also spoke about his reaction when Rangers moved to sign Kranjcar, Joey Barton and Philippe Senderos in 2016.
He added, “I was kind of, not nervous, but wanted to prove myself with these boys.
“It was a big honour to play with someone like Niko.
“He’s had 80-odd caps for Croatia, so he’s a big player…”
Windass will be back in action for Rangers this weekend following the international break, with Motherwell their hosts in Saturday’s early kick-off.