By Dominic Toner
Niko Kranjcar endured a difficult Rangers league debut – and received some heavy criticism on Twitter.
Rangers drew 1-1 with relegation-tipped Hamilton at Ibrox as they dropped points in the first Scottish Premiership game of the season.
The Croatian lasted just 60 minutes before being substituted, and then team-mate Martyn Waghorn salvaged a late point with a second-half goal.
Twitter voiced its strong opinion over the performance of Kranjcar with many claiming the 31-year-old is now too slow to compete at the top-level.
Here are a selection of their messages:
I’ve seen slugs with more pace than Niko Kranjcar
— Adam (@Swannnnnnnnn) August 6, 2016
Niko Kranjcar is awful, looks well off the pace even in SPL ??
— JΔCK. (@JackHancock_UK) August 6, 2016
They’ve been outplayed aswell ? but great finish that… Niko Kranjcar’s had his day ??
— Justin Bird (Juggy) (@juggy1993) August 6, 2016
If Niko Kranjcar was any slower, he’d stop
— Ash Lowe (@AshLowe8) August 6, 2016
Niko Kranjcar absolutely abysmal so far
— Cory Rogers (@CoryRogers19) August 6, 2016
That is awful from Niko Kranjcar btw
— Marc Balloch (@1sparky7) August 6, 2016
Niko Kranjcar blowing out his arse after 58 minutes of being schooled by relegation candidates Accies ? Superb.
— Marc McArdle (@marcmcardle1) August 6, 2016
Niko Kranjcar is absolutely murder ?
— Jonathan Mulgrew (@JonnyBhoy89) August 6, 2016
At fault for the goal, Giving the ball away, Can’t run, Heavy breathing & laboured after 60 mins. That’s the Niko Kranjcar we know & love
— Ashley Allen (@QPRFC_Ash) August 6, 2016
I wish Niko Kranjcar was fit enough
— Ryan Grant (@RyanJGrant6) August 6, 2016
Kranjcar has previously played at English duo Tottenham and Portsmouth in the Premier League, as well Dinamo Zagreb, Hajduk Split, Rapid Vienna, Dynamo Kiev and most recently American side New York Cosmos.
The Croatian midfielder moved to the Scottish giants this summer and joins with vast top-level experience after 15 years at the top for club and country.
Mark Warburton will have a decision to make whether Kranjcar is up to full-fitness to start the next game and could turn to alternative options such as Joey Barton, Andy Halliday or Harry Forrester to fill the centre of the park.
In other Rangers team news, devastated Josh Windass has revealed why he was not in the squad against Hamilton.