MARK WARBURTON believes Niko Kranjcar will provide him with a quality option that is different to what he already has in his squad.

Kranjcar today joined the Light Blues on a two-year deal, and as well as adding vast experience from both club and international level, Warburton reckons the Croatian attacker could be the missing piece in his Gers jigsaw.

Speaking exclusively to the club website, Warburton said: “We are getting a 31 year-old player who has a real appetite for the game still. He has 81 caps for Croatia which a tremendous record, and you saw his quality throughout the Premier League days with Portsmouth and Tottenham.

“I went to see Niko in New York and it was important for me to hear how hungry he is – and I was delighted with that response. He is a player who has so much to offer, and I think Ibrox and Rangers gives him a fantastic stage to express the quality he has.

“He recognises the challenge ahead, but we are delighted to have him on board as part of the Rangers set-up.

“He is a very technically gifted player, a player who sees a pass and one that can open up defences with the quality he possesses. He gives us something different – we have some tremendous players in that squad but we are always looking for variety, and he has that.


Warburton also spoke of his visit to New York to visit Kranjcar, and reckons his acquisition will be a real fillip for the rest of his squad.

He added: “We had a really good dinner and I think he appreciated that we had taken the time to go and see him. It was good to chat and we spoke about the game in general, and he has a real intellect about the game.

“He has a lot more to offer at 31, so hopefully he can do that at Rangers. He is a top, top quality player. The players in our squad want to see us make quality additions, and someone like Joey Barton, Clint Hill, Jordan Rossiter, Matt Crooks and Josh Windass are all that – and now here’s Niko, and I hope the players in the team see that Frank and the board are pushing hard to secure quality players.”


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