By Matt Farr
Crocked Rangers midfielder Niko Kranjcar has confirmed he will be back in action in time for the Europa League qualifying campaign next month.
The 32-year-old was restricted to just 15 appearances in all competitions at Ibrox this season, having missed the majority of the season through injury.
Kranjcar ruptured a cruciate ligament in his knee back in October, abruptly cutting short his debut season with the Scottish Club, having arrived on a two-year deal at the start of the season.
However, the experienced Croatia international has been back in full training with Rangers during the last couple of weeks, and has declared himself fit to feature at the start of their European campaign next month.
He told the Scottish Sun: “I will be fully fit in a month and hope to be ready for the start of qualifying for the Europa League.
“We did not want to take any chances with my knee, but I have been feeling good and I have worked very, very hard.”
Kranjcar has yet to feature under manager Pedro Caixinha due to his current injury status, and doubts had been raised as to whether he would have a role under the Portuguese next season.
But Caixinha has confirmed that he has big plans for Kranjcar, insisting that he could be the man to fire Rangers back to the top.
Rangers booked their place in the qualifying stages for the Europa League with a third-placed finish in the Scottish Premiership.
Their long-awaited return to European competition will bring great cheer to Ibrox, but it will do little to overshadow what has been a miserable campaign for the club this season.
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