NIKO Kranjcar thinks Rangers will be brimming with confidence after netting seven in their weekend friendly.

The Croatian produced a special finish to give the Gers their second goal of the afternoon and set them on their way to a whitewash over Linfield.

Kranjcar nearly doubled his tally in the second half when he whipped a free-kick against the far post from an audacious angle.

The 32-year-old said: “I think we got out of the game what we came to get and obviously some of the movement and passing was very good.

“Scoring goals brings you confidence, whoever scores them and as a team it is a job well done and it was a harder training match which was the point of this game.

“It was important what we did against Linfield, from the fitness aspect and to get the movement and passing right.

“This game won’t change a lot in preparation for the Old Firm because as people know it is a one off game and even when you’re not on top form you come to that game and you can blow it away.

“We have a week to prepare and get focussed and we will be more than ready for that game.

“I hope I score more tap-ins but I was happy with the way that one went in. I get lucky it’s as simple as that, you just close your eyes but I did hit that one quite crisp and sweet.

“There has to be a bit of luck involved though because if it was a couple of inches to the left it probably hits the post but I guess I worked a lot when I was younger on my striking technique.

“I nearly scored another one in the second-half but it didn’t go in so it doesn’t count for anything.”

The midfielder will experience his first Glasgow derby this Saturday but it won’t be the first famous clash he has played a part in.

Kranjcar has appeared in the Croatian derby and the North London derby and believes the Old Firm clash will more than compare.

He told Rangers TV: “I’m looking forward to it, to be fair I can’t wait and I know I will enjoy it.

“This is probably going to be one of the most intense derbies I will have played in but for me when I played back home you play for your club.

“I’m a Rangers player now and I want to give everything I can for Rangers but when you grow up as a supporter of Dinamo Zagreb, let’s say, and play in that first derby then it is special.

“Regarding the atmosphere and what the game brings to our fans that have been so supportive and great to the team throughout the years, especially throughout the difficult period, I can’t wait for it.

“I am really looking forward to it and the whole of Scottish football is because these are the games that can only bring the best out of Scottish football.”

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