New Rangers signing calls for caution after cup success
By Dominic Toner
Rangers midfielder Niko Kranjcar believes his new team must not get carried away with their recent performances.
The Croatian midfielder scored in a 3-0 victory over Stranraer on Monday in the Scottish League Cup as Rangers progressed to the last 16.
The Scottish giants have kept four clean sheets and picked up four victories in the competition this month, but Kranjcar believes they must stay level-headed.
“I think we can be really satisfied but we are not allowed to get carried away with ourselves,” Kranjcar told the Rangers website. “The season starts on 6 August and we are all focussed on that.
“As a team, we play some great stuff and create a lot of chances. We dominate games, as we have throughout this cup competition, and we will use it as a pre-season to gel in the new players to get fitness into the lads.”
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Kranjcar recently said that his style of play would fit in well with the team and manager Mark Warburton will be looking to exploit his top-flight experience.
The attack-minded player has previously played at English clubs Tottenham and Portsmouth in the Premier League, as well Dinamo Zagreb, Hajduk Split, Rapid Vienna, Dynamo Kiev and, most recently, American side New York Cosmos.
Alongside the 31-year-old, Warburton has strengthened his squad by bringing Matt Gilks, Clint Hill, Joey Barton, Jordan Rossiter and Lee Hodson to Ibrox.
Former Accrington pair Matt Crooks and Joshua Windass have also arrived after they signed pre-contract agreements in January.
Rangers romped to the Scottish Championship title last season in some style, scoring an impressive 88 goals as they clinched promotion to the top-flight.
In other Rangers team news, forward Joe Dodoo delivered an eye-catching display as he continues fine early impression.