Kranjcar: I considered quitting but this is when I hope to be back
By Matt Farr
Rangers midfielder Niko Kranjcar admits he contemplated quitting after being struck down by a serious injury.
The crocked 32-year-old star suffered a cruciate knee injury back in October, bringing a superb run of form to an abrupt end.
The Croatia international contributed three goals and three assists from 15 appearances in all competitions for Rangers, before the devastating setback.
Kranjcar will play no further part in what is his debut season at Ibrox, and remains fully focused on his recovery, despite considering ending his career.
He now has his sights set on playing for several more years, provided his rehabilitation and recovery process bode well.
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He told the Daily Record: “It would have been easy for me to end my career, because this is the most serious injury I have ever had as a footballer.
“It gave me a shake, but the injury did not throw me into the pit of despair. Something in my head said, ‘don’t give up.’
“But I am hoping I will be back within six months. I am convinced that I still have a few good seasons left for me at Rangers.”
Kranjcar arrived at Ibrox on a two-year-deal, following his release from American outfit New York Cosmos.
He has been capped 81 times by the Croatia national team, and enjoyed spells in the Premier League with three different clubs – Portsmouth, Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers.
Rangers are next in action against Motherwell in the Scottish Cup fourth round on January 21, and Mark Warburton’s side are currently on a winter break.
They restart their Scottish Premiership campaign on 28 January, against the same opposition, where they begin 19 points behind rivals and league leaders Celtic.
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