Rangers goalkeeper Liam Kelly has sent a touching message to Niko Kranjcar after the Croatian had his contract terminated by the Ibrox giants on Friday.
The 33-year-old Croatian has struggled to get into the matchday squad at Ibrox in recent months and his last appearance came in the Scottish Cup win over Fraserburgh in January.
Kranjcar joined the Gers from New York Cosmos in 2016 but suffered a major knee injury just a few months into his spell at Ibrox which severely limited his game-time.
Kelly paid tribute to the 81-times capped Croatian international with a picture of the pair travelling to Florida earlier this year to the club’s winter training camp.
“Sharing a bottle of red at 30 thousand feet and listening to class stories with a great man is something I won’t forget, all the best Niko,” Kelly said on his personal Twitter account.
Sharing a bottle of red at 30 thousand feet and listening to class stories with a great man is something I won’t forget, all the best Niko ????❤️ pic.twitter.com/64AearG84d
— Liam Kelly (@liamm_kelly) March 23, 2018
Kranjcar only managed 26 appearances for the Gers across just short of two seasons and moves on ahead of his contract coming to an end in the summer.
The former Spurs and Portsmouth player never managed to get a consistent run of games for the Gers and injury problems regularly sidelined the 33-year-old.
Football Insider verdict:
There’s no doubt Kranjcar was a genuinely fantastic player at his peak but, unfortunately, by the time he had arrived at Ibrox his legs couldn’t keep up with what his brain wanted to do. There were still some brief flashes of the star who lit up the Premier League with Spurs and Portsmouth but they were few and far between. Kranjcar’s impact on the younger players at the club seems to have been pretty profound though with the veteran one of few players to have played at the top to have been at Ibrox in recent years. Few Rangers fans will have anything bad to say about the Croatian despite things not working out well on the pitch.
In other Rangers news, the club must blow Celtic out of the water to sign the next Moussa Dembele.