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21st May, 2017 | 6:45am

Caixinha: This Rangers man can fire us to the top next season despite playing only nine league games

By Amir Mir

Pedro Caixinha has heaped praise on the injured Niko Kranjcar and stated the could be the player to fire the club back to the top next season.

The 32-year-old has been out injured since October and will be looking to return to first-team action next term.

Kranjcar was brought to the club by Caixinha’s predecessor, Mark Warburton following his free transfer after leaving the New York Cosmos last summer.

During his brief time on the pitch, he has only played nine league games for his side, scoring one goal away at Partick Thistle.

Caixinha, however, seemed very eager for Kranjcar to get back onto the pitch so he can work with the former Premier League player.

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“I do like pedigree players,” said Caixinha, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “He’s going to be a new player for us and he can play for sure. He has the quality, understanding and leadership.

“He is the type of player that the team can be controlled by regarding the pace and tempo of the game, the style of play we want to perform. He fits totally into Scottish football.

“He has nothing to prove as an individual but he is committed and is looking to perform at his best level for Rangers.”

It has been a torrid season for Rangers, who will finish the season behind Champions Celtic and Derek McIness’ Aberdeen.

They are a mammoth 39 points behind their Old Firm rivals and could fall further behind with one match of the season remaining.

The Gers will finish off the campaign with an away tie at St Johnstone after losing their final home match of the season against Aberdeen on Wednesday.

Nonetheless, during his brief period with the club, Kranjcar has played 15 matches in all competitions, where he has scored three goals and supplied the same number of assists.

During his career, he has played for the likes of Portsmouth, Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers.

In other Rangers news, an attacker who is on the books of an English book has been named in the Gers squad. 

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