NIKICA JELAVIC has played down his chances of being the top scorer at Euro 2012 despite his goal against the Republic of Ireland in Croatia’s 3-1 win last night.
Scores of Rangers fans have backed the Everton striker to win the Golden Boot following his prolific form at Ibrox then Goodison Park last season.
And many of them were celebrating yesterday having bet on him to find the net against Giovanni Trapattoni’s men at some stage in Poznan.
Jelavic took advantage of Stephen Ward’s sliced clearance and delightfully dinked the ball over goalkeeper Shay Given to put the Croats 2-1 up prior to the break.
It was his third international goal and his 29th of the campaign for Gers, the Toffees and his country.
Jelavic’s general all-round play impressed in Poland but he is not getting carried away ahead of matches against the last two world champions Spain and Italy.
The 26-year-old said: “I’m happy, this was a difficult game. Three points are vital – we deserved this result.
“We played very well. I didn’t see my goal at all, I just saw the goal and one touch was enough, as always.
“It’s not so difficult to transfer my form from league for the country. It is always about giving 100 per cent but it’s too far to think about the Golden Boot for the tournament.”