Rangers midfielder Niko Kranjcar could hang up his boots this summer when his Rangers contract expires, according to his dad, and Gers fans thought he already had.
Zlatko Kranjcar revealed it was “more and more difficult” for the 33-year-old, as quoted by the Scottish Sun and hinted he could call time on his career in the summer.
The veteran Croatian midfielder has struggled with injuries at Ibrox and suffered a serious knee injury last season which kept him out of action for nine months and has barely featured since returning to fitness.
Gers fans were looking forward to getting the former Spurs star off the wage bill when his deal comes to an end in the summer.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
The door is that way >>>>
— Albertz????left????foot⚪ (@CAR0L_MARSHALL) February 26, 2018
He retired four years ago
— Faceless (@FacelessRanger) February 26, 2018
— Scott McInnes (@Scoodles64) February 26, 2018
Is he still around.
? a parasite like Alves
— inexile (@Ps95v7) February 26, 2018
Don’t think he has much choice in the matter.
— Pedro McCoist (@bluekingpedro54) February 26, 2018
Nothing compared to the pain we go through watching him walking around the pitch stealing a living.
— Kenny ???????????????????????? (@1872RFCKenny) February 26, 2018
It's a shame, he is a highly gifted footballer but he has been hard to watch this year. probably for the best, he's half the player he once was.
— Are you a rangers fan? (@Arc_Rangersfc) February 26, 2018
Kranjcar joined the Gers in 2016 from NASL side New York Cosmos but has only managed 26 appearances for the Ibrox giants.
The 81-times capped Croatian hasn’t come close to the expectations on him and is clearly struggling with the physical aspects of Scottish football.
While the 33-year-old still shows flashes that the genius that made him a star in England’s Premier League with Spurs and Portsmouth but he’s struggled to come anywhere close to that at Ibrox.
Kranjcar’s only appearance of 2018 came against Highland League minnows Fraserburgh in the Scottish Cup.