By Danny Wright
Niko Kranjcar has revealed that he will continue to make himself available for international football with Croatia in the future, despite suffering a serious knee injury in his first season with Rangers.
The Ibrox ace has been out of action since October when he was struck down by a ruptured cruciate ligament.
However the 32-year-old is expected to be available for Pedro Caixinha by the time next season begins, and has now emphatically decided that he is setting his sights on matters further away from Glasgow.
“Until I officially retire from football, I am always available to play for Croatia,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Obviously, I know I am older and the young guys in the team have a big advantage over me.
“But when I recover and get back in shape, one of my ambitions is to pull on the Croatia shirt again.”
Kranjcar made just 15 appearances across all competitions for Rangers before suffering his major setback just a couple of months in the season.
He scored three goals and supplied three assists as he emerged as one of Mark Warburton’s key players.
However the 81-times Croatia international only managed to play a full 90 minutes in two cup matches, as he failed to get up to peak condition with his new side.
Kranjcar is back in full training with Rangers now as they look to embark on a Europa League campaign which begins later this month.
Caixinha has already made a host of changes to his squad following the end of the 2016/17 campaign, in which the Light Blues failed to reach expectations and slumped to third place in the league.
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