By Harvey Byrne

Joe Garner has identified Josh Windass, Andy Halliday and Jason Holt as three Rangers players who are currently playing well following Niko Kranjcar’s injury.

The 32-year-old Ibrox star suffered a cruciate ligament injury in the week, which is set to see him out on the sidelines for up to six months.

Garner described the injury as a huge blow to the Scotland giant’s team, but believes the midfield trio are all currently playing well and can step in for the experienced former Croatia international.

“He’s a top, top player and he brings a lot of experience to the younger lads that we do have here,” said Garner to Sky Sports. “He’ll be a huge miss to us, he’s a top, top player and hopefully he can come back stronger.

“The young lads have stepped up lately, I think Josh Windass has been playing really well, Holty’s played really well and Andy as well, so I think the gaffer knows what he’s doing. I don’t know if he’ll bring anyone in, not sure how it will work, but I think hopefully Niko comes back stronger.”

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Kranjcar, who joined from the New York Cosmos in the summer has made 15 appearances for the club scoring three goals and providing three assists.

His presence in midfield has been key to Rangers’ good start with the Scottish giants currently sat in second place after winning promotion last season.

They are hoping to close down fierce rivals Celtic, who are currently nine points ahead having played a game less than them.

Mark Warburton’s side will take on second from bottom outfit Ross County on Sunday before the international break.

In other Rangers news, Danny Mills has stated that Joey Barton is “very, very difficult to understand”.