Rangers attacker Josh Windass has posted a touching message to Croatian veteran Niko Kranjcar after the Ibrox giants agreed to terminate the 33-year-old’s contract.
Windass and Kranjcar both joined the Light Blues in 2016 as Mark Warburton tried to build a squad to challenge Old Firm rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title.
The Croatian has had a torrid time with injury during his spell at Ibrox with a serious knee injury and string of niggly problems severely restricting his game-time.
Windass said Kranjcar is the “most technically gifted” player he has played with and admitted it was a pleasure to pluk the 81-times capped star’s brain.
“To learn and play with a player I’ve been watching growing up on the TV,” Windass said on his personal Instagram.
“The most technically gifted player I’ve ever played with. It’s been a pleasure picking your brain and watching you play day in day out. What a player and what a man, all the best Niko”
The 33-year-old could only manage 26 appearances during his time with the Light Blues over a season-and-a-half at Ibrox.
Kranjcar’s last appearance for the Gers came in the Scottish Cup win over Fraserburgh at the end of January as he played the full 90 minutes against the Highland League minnows.
Football Insider verdict:
While Kranjcar hasn’t been able to make the impact both he and the supporters would have hoped for on the pitch, his experience will no doubt have been a big help to a number of the young players just making their way in the game or guys like Windass who have seen themselves move from playing with Accrington Stanley to starring for the Gers in front of 50,000 fans every other week. There were still glimpses of Kranjcar’s genius but it was clear the 33-year-old’s legs couldn’t keep up with what his brain wanted him to do.
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