NIKO KRANJCAR grabbed his first Rangers goal tonight and then thanked the Ibrox supporters for the way they have embraced him at the club.

Kranjcar, who netted the third in the 3-0 win over Stranraer which saw ‘Gers qualify for the second round of the Betfred Cup, is already a firm fans’ favourite given his fabulous footballing ability, and he insisted he and his teammates will do everything they can to repay those supporters and try to win the Scottish Premiership.

The former Croatian internationalist told  “I must be thankful. I felt the appreciation from the first game at Motherwell even though I only played half an hour, so of course I am thankful for the way they have treated me since I came.

“It’s also a massive obligation to absolutely give everything for this football club and I think every single player in that dressing room feels the same.

“The people – the fans of this football club – have suffered and they deserve nothing less than 100% commitment from us to achieve the goal that we have set out for this season, and that is winning the championship.

“I have no doubt in my mind we will do absolutely everything we can to achieve that.”

Kranjcar’s goal was, in keeping with his general play, sensational – a sweet volley from the edge of the area which flew past Cameron Belford in the Stranraer goal.

But while delighted with the goal, and by-and-large the performance, he insisted there is still room for improvement in Rangers’ overall play.

He added: “It was a nice feeling. It was great to win again and great to get 90minutes under my belt. It always can be better, but we have done the job and should be happy with ourselves.

“Obviously, there are always some things we need to improve, but there are a lot of good things from which we can build on. We are really looking forward to the season now.”

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