Former Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn has shockingly claimed that Niko Kranjcar is the one of the best players he has played with – despite the Croatian being well passed the peak of his ability.
Waghorn and Kranjcar were team-mates at Ibrox last season before the 28-year-old was sold to Ipswich over the summer by Pedro Caixinha.
Kranjcar spent most of last season injured after tearing his cruciate ligament but still made enough of an impression on Waghorn for the striker to single him out.
Waghorn couldn’t pick between Kranjcar and Steed Malbranque as the best he played with but admitted he was “fortunate” to play with the Croat, even though he has been very widely criticised for supporters in his time at Ibrox.
“I have to name two because they are both quality. Steed Malbranque was at Sunderland when I was starting out and last season I was fortunate enough to play with Niko Kranjcar at Rangers,” Waghorn said, as quoted by the Daily Mail when asked who is the best player he’s ever played with.
Kranjcar returned to fitness over the summer but has been limited to only 11 appearances so far this term.
Since joining Ipswich, Waghorn has scored 10 times in 29 appearances to help the Portman Road side to 12th in the Championship.
Waghorn scored 44 times in 78 appearances for the Gers in two seasons at Ibrox after signing from Wigan in 2015 under Mark Warburton.
Kranjcar’s Ibrox deal ends in the summer and it’s unlikely the fringe player will be offered extended terms with the 54-times Scottish champions with just 11 appearances across all competitions this season.
In other Rangers news, Murty has delivered his verdict on Sunday’s win against Ayr.