MARK Warburton thinks it is only the start of things to come for Niko Kranjcar in a Rangers jersey.

The Croatian midfielder netted a stunning goal in the Gers 7-0 thrashing of Linfield and his manager says fans are only starting to see the best of the midfielder.

Kranjcar was nursing a thigh injury when he first arrived in Glasgow but with his fitness now reaching peak his manager thinks he could be a dangerous prospect.

Warburton said:

“We know what Niko has got and technically he has outstanding ability and technically there are no doubts.

“Niko has worked so hard on his fitness and he was struggling a bit early and so was I and the rest of the team because we knew how hard he was working to get fit.

“Going away to New York and then coming back his timescale were slightly different but he has worked so very hard and you are now seeing over the last two weeks that he has come on and had a real impact which we wanted.

“You saw him today dominate the tempo of the game and his ability to open up defences and he’ll be in good shape now.”

Joining Kranjcar on the scoresheet was Kenny Miller who netted four goals including a smooth first-half hat-trick.

Warburton insists he is never surprised by the performances the 36-year-old keeps putting in.

The Gers manager explained:

“Kenny knows how impressed I am by him, I haven’t got to say anymore because he knows exactly what I think and that today is a consequence of how hard he works.

“We talk about the role model and he trains with the same match intensity day in and day out so that type of performance is simply a consequence of that.

“His commitment, desire and his hunger – it doesn’t matter if you’re 16 or 36 it has to be the right application as he has done and you get your just rewards.”

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