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25th Apr, 2017 | 9:43pm

Rangers injury boost: Midfielder returns to training and scores ahead of Celtic clash

By Will Butcher

Niko Kranjcar has returned to Rangers first-team training after sitting out the majority of the season with a long-term knee injury.

The 32-year-old has failed to feature for the Gers since October 2016 after going down in training with the problem, making only 15 appearances in all competitions.

Posting on their official Youtube channel, Rangers showed Croatia international Kranjcar looking sharp and scoring a goal with his weaker right foot in first-team training.

The former Tottenham star is still expected to miss the rest of the season despite returning from his injury, and will definitely miss Saturday’s clash against Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Kranjcar is yet to convince the Gers fans, despite scoring three goals since being signed by former boss Mark Warburton in the summer along with 11 other players.

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With a contract at Ibrox until the summer of 2018, Kranjcar still has a year to prove himself to the Gers faithful in order to extend his stay in Glasgow as he looks to impress Pedro Caixinha in training.

The Gers will be hoping to put a dismal run of four losses and a draw in five games against bitter enemies Celtic behind them on Saturday, after losing to the Hoops 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Three points could see Caixinha’s side edge closer to second-placed Aberdeen, as they remain nine points behind the Dons with five games to go.

In other Rangers news, this 18-year-old is in first-team training along with Kranjcar.

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