NIKO KRANJCAR says the Rangers players owe their fans a good season after vowing to right the wrongs of their 2016/17 campaign on his return from injury.
The Croatian is in line for a debut under Pedro Caixinha when Progres Niederkorn visit Ibrox in the Europa League this week. The 32-year-old has not played for the Gers since October after tearing his ACL.
Despite spending most of last season injured Kranjcar still sees himself as responsible for a campaign in which Rangers fell short.
Speaking to RangersTV the midfielder said: “I always felt a part of it last season, I did all my rehab here and I was involved in, unfortunately, a really bad season for us.
“I feel part of that team, even though I wasn’t available for selection I do feel part of a team who underperformed largely last season.
“When we got back this summer we started hearing that the fans were going to support us in our first game this season in such numbers.
“There is a lot of appreciation and gratitude towards the support. An appreciation to play for such an important club in the world, a massive obligation to give your all for the cause and for the results of this football club.
“It is a new season and a new start, not only for me but for the football club, because we cannot allow anything similar to happen as did last season.
“I hope I am going to get a chance to prove myself again because for me this is early stages after being out for so long and I have to prove myself every day and in every game.
“It’s up to me to prove to my teammates and my manager that I am still good enough to play.
“It’s the manager’s decision as to whether I start, I have been working towards that and I honestly feel physically good and that I can compete. If I didn’t feel that way I wouldn’t be sitting here.”
Kranjcar has played in all three of Rangers warm-up games this summer and believes he is returning from injury in peak condition.
It was the longest lay-off of the former Spurs star’s career but despite that he isn’t letting himself dwell on his time out of the game any longer.
He continued: “The knee is great, I haven’t had any problems since I started back with the team, I had already joined in before the summer and done a month of full training.
“You can’t have anything in the back of your mind, up until now I had had a nice career, I had had ups and downs in it but going into the last stages of my career there are no doubts in my mind.
“If something happens it happens but I am not going to dwell on it, I am not going to think about it and I’ll just enjoy my football.”
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