NIKO KRANJCAR insists he will get even better as a player as he continues to get fitter and fitter with each passing match.

Last night saw the Croatian midfielder hit his first goal for Rangers in the 3-0 win over Stranraer, and already he is endearing himself to the Ibrox support with his terrific level of skill.

And while happy with how things are progressing for both him and his new side, he warned he is still to hit his absolute peak – a level he is aiming to be at come the Hamilton game and the kick-off of the new Scottish Premiership season on August 6.

Speaking exclusively to, Kranjcar said: “I’m getting there. I’m happy with how everything is progressing and come the beginning of the season, I’m sure I will be in the best shape possible, and throughout the season as well.

“As a team, we play some great stuff and create a lot of chances. We dominate games, as we have throughout this cup competition, and we will use it as a pre-season to gel in the new players to get fitness into the lads.

“We have to be happy with everything we have done. We have kept four clean-sheets which is really important, even for the way we play as everyone knows we try to score as many as we can.

“I think we can be really satisfied but we are not allowed to get carried away with ourselves. The season starts on August 6 and we are all focussed on that.”

There were few doubts over Kranjcar’s ability to fit into Rangers’ style of play when he signed for the club, and already, he is demonstrating just how perfect it is for him.

Indeed, he admits he’s loving the whole experience at the Light Blues so far as the club gears up for their grand return to the Scottish Premiership.

He added: “It’s a great way to play football, and in my opinion, it’s the correct way football should be played. I am really happy I joined this football club and I hope we have an unforgettable season.

“I think we have the qualities to do it – we need to improve, and prove ourselves in every single training session, and I’m sure we will do that.

“It’s a great bunch of lads, a great management staff and backroom staff. It’s just a fantastic football club with a great fanbase, and a foundation to bring Rangers back where they belong.”

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