Rangers attacker Josh Windass has claimed Niko Kranjcar has had a “big influence” on his career after the Croatian left the Ibrox giants last week.
The Light Blues parted ways with Kranjcar after the veteran midfielder was unable to force his way into Graeme Murty’s first-team plans but Windass still thinks the Croatian was “unbelievable.”
Windass revealed the 81-times capped star would give hims advice which the former Accrington ace admits has been “really helpful.”
“He’s unbelievable. He’s had a big influence on my career. I’ve watched him since I was young and the advice and praise he’s given me has been really helpful,” Windass said, as quoted by Soccer AM’s official Twitter account.
.@WindassJnr's’ tribute to Niko Kranjcar:
“He’s unbelievable. He’s had a big influence on my career. I’ve watched him since I was young and the advice and praise he’s given me has been really helpful.” ???? pic.twitter.com/e71tULX3jM
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) April 4, 2018
Kranjcar managed 26 appearances during his season-and-a-half with the Gers but a serious knee injury derailed his time with the Ibrox giants.
The former Spurs and Portsmouth midfielder joined Rangers from New York Cosmos in 2016 after the Light Blues won promotion to the Scottish Premiership.
Football Insider verdict:
Kranjcar’s legs might have gone but the veteran would still have been able to pass on some of his experience along to the younger players at Ibrox. If Windass has benefited from that then there’s been at least one benefit to Kranjcar’s signing. Gers fans were hopeful the Croatian was going to be the player of old but it wasn’t to be although having someone like Kranjcar around will have been an eye-opener for some of the players at Ibrox as they saw how technically-gifted the Croatian is up close.
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