COMMENT By Emma Sanders
Niko Kranjcar’s latest injury could be the biggest blow for both him and Rangers of the entire season given his increasing influence to the team.
The Daily Mail reported on Friday morning that Kranjcar had picked up a serious injury in training and could miss the rest of the season.
The former Tottenham star would have been expected to have a crucial input in this weekend’s Old Firm derby as Rangers go head-to-head with Celtic.
The two sides are due to face off once again on Sunday in the Scottish FA Cup semi-final but the Ibrox side will be without one of their star players now.
Kranjcar’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time though, as the midfield play-maker was starting to really find his feet with Rangers.
During his first game for the club against Hamilton, Kranjcar looked out of sorts and it seemed he would struggle adapting to life in Scotland.
He was substituted during Rangers humiliating 5-1 defeat against Celtic in September too after an awful display which saw him aimlessly chasing the Celtic players for 45 minutes.
Kranjcar came onto the scene when he became a valuable addition to the Tottenham squad in 2009 but after leaving three years later, he has failed to have some same impact in football.
Underwhelming spells with QPR, Dyamo Kiev and New York Cosmos signaled what most believed to be the end of his career.
However, in the last two games, Kranjcar had begun to demonstrate the talent which caught Spurs’ eye all those years ago.
He can spray passes, keep possession and make things happen for Rangers and in recent displays, has demonstrated just how effective he can be.
He could have built into an exciting player for Rangers but his latest injury upset will come as a huge blow to both individual and club.
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