International jets into Glasgow to undergo medical and complete transfer - report

By Alex Stevens

Niko Kranjcar is set to fly to Glasgow in the next 24 hours to complete a transfer to Rangers, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim the 31-year-old is due to jet into the Scottish city to undergo a medical and sign a two-year contract with the Ibrox club.

It is said the 81-times-capped Croatia winger will be unveiled as a Rangers player by either Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.

Kranjcar will become the club’s sixth summer signing, all of whom have wide experience of playing in England in what appears a deliberate recruitment policy.

Manager Mark Warburton made the swoop for Kranjcar in a bid to bring some Premier League knowhow to a squad competing in the top tier of Scottish football for the first time in four years.

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Warburton flew personally to America last month to open talks with the midfielder, who was coming to the end of a short-term deal with New York Cosmos after leaving Dynamo Kiev.

The Rangers boss was always confident of securing Kranjcar’s return to British football, where he had enjoyed three successful spells playing under Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth, QPR and Tottenham.

Warburton’s summer transfer business has already seen him snap up Kranjcar’s former QPR team-mates Joey Barton and Clint Hill, while youngsters Jordan Rossiter, Matt Crooks and Josh Windass have also joined the Ibrox revolution.

In a bid to further bolster his backline, Rangers opened talks at the weekend with former Crystal Palace defender Adrian Mariappa, who started his career at Watford, where Warburton and chief scout Frank McParland were previously employed.

The 29-year-old Jamaican international met with Warburton’s assistant David Weir and McParland for talks on Saturday.

Striker James Vaughan has emerged as another signing target and is believed to have also held talks with the Ibrox hierarchy over the weekend.

In other Rangers news, Celitc will go head to head with the Light Blues for the signature of Brendan Rodgers’ former player.