By Richard Parks
Niko Krancjar has had his Rangers contract terminated by mutual consent, it was announced today.
The Glasgow giants revealed on their official website and Twitter account that the 33-year-old attacking midfielder has quit with two months of the season remaining.
#RangersFC can today confirm Niko Kranjcar’s contract has been terminated by mutual agreement.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 23, 2018
The former Croatia international was signed by Mark Warburton in summer 2016 but endured an injury-hit spell at the club.
He made 26 appearances in two seasons – just 11 in the current campaign – and scored only three goals.
He told the Rangers website: “Myself and Rangers Football Club have come to a mutual agreement to terminate our common contract.
“It’s been an honour to have been part of such a big club and to have played for such great fans, it will always remain an honour for me.
“I wish the club success in its future while I now consider the options I have on the table.”
Football Insider verdict:
No player perhaps better summed up the misguided transfer policy of Mark Warburton and Frank McPartland than Kranjcar, a has-been with knees like bread and mysteriously signed in 2016 on a reported £20,000-a-week salary despite being in New York semi-retirement. Quite how the Rangers chiefs allowed to be hoodwinked into thinking the former Tottenham and Portsmouth player could hack it in the physically demanding SPL is known only to them. Kranjcar was a lame signing in a summer full of them. He was a shadow of his former self at Ibrox and will surely look back on his spell with embarrassment in years to come.
In other Rangers news, the club must blow Celtic out of the water to sign the next Moussa Dembele.