By Harvey Byrne
Former Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson has made the claim that current playmaker Niko Kranjcar is as good as anyone at the club.
The 32-year-old brought much excitement to Ibrox following his move from New York Cosmos in the summer of 2016 after boasting a fine career which has seen him star for country Croatia as well as Tottenham in the Premier League.
However, his debut campaign in Glasgow was heavily impacted by injury and he ended up playing just 15 matches for the club in all competitions with his last appearance coming all the way back in October.
Rangers have since brought in the impressive Bruno Alves and Graham Dorrans under Pedro Caixinha, but Thomson still believes that Kranjcar is as good as, if not the best in the current Gers squad.
“It is in the nature of the beast and when you are a top player you have that belief within you. That is what separates top players from average players,” told Thomson, as quoted by the EveningTimes.
“Niko has got that mentality in abundance and he will have that arrogance to show people that he is still a top player. That is a good arrogance because that is what good players have.
“There is no doubt in my mind and there won’t be any in his that he is still as good as anyone at the club and he will still believe in himself that he can produce the goods at the very highest level.
“I think he will put that demand on himself. I don’t know what he is like as a person, I have never met him, but to play for the clubs he has and with the talent he has got there will be that belief within him.
“Everyone had a different opinion on how he did but he will have belief that he is a good player and he will show that this season.”
Rangers had a disappointing 2016 summer window under former boss Mark Warburton with the likes of Matt Crooks, Joey Barton, Clint Hill, Matt Gilks, Joe Garner and Philippe Senderos all having left the club after just one year.
Kranjcar will now be keen to ensure he doesn’t join that list and Caixinha did include him in his two starting line-ups for the Europa League qualifying matches against Progres Niederkorn earlier in the summer.
In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson has given his verdict on one Gers summer signing.