By Danny Wright
Pedro Caixinha has confirmed that Niko Kranjcar has returned to training after an injury forced him out of their Scottish Premiership opener at Motherwell on Sunday.
The 32-year-old playmaker was hit with a minor hip complaint ahead of the trip to Fir Park, while James Tavernier was also reduced to a place on the bench after he picked up a foot injury.
However Caixinha has now made it clear that he has a fully fit side ahead of the clash with Dunfermline at Ibrox on Wednesday night, meaning that the Light Blues have been handed a major boost in their hopes of reaching the next round of the League Cup.
“We have a clean sheet when it comes to injuries. Steve [Walker] our physio is very happy. Niko is back training,” said Caixinha on Tuesday afternoon, as quoted by Rangers’ official Twitter account.
PC: We have a clean sheet when it comes to injuries. Steve our physio is very happy. Niko is back training.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 8, 2017
Kranjcar has endured a testing time in his spell at Rangers, which started last summer when he signed a two-year deal.
He spent almost the entirety of last season sidelined with a ruptured cruciate ligament in his knee, reducing him to just 15 appearances across all competitions, in which he scored three goals and supplied three assists.
The former Tottenham midfielder made his first competitive appearance under the charge of Caxinha in June when he started in the 1-0 win over Progres Niederkorn in the Europa League.
He managed to set up Kenny Miller’s goal, but in the second leg he was part of a Gers team that will perhaps go down in history as suffering the most humiliating defeat in Scottish football history against the Luxembourg minnows.