NIKO KRANJCAR admits he was blown away by the support of the Rangers fans at Ibrox yesterday in spite of a recent run of disappointing results.
A superb 49, 680 fans packed out Ibrox yesterday afternoon in what was Gers’ biggest home attendance of the season so far, and Kranjcar was thrilled to see the supporters show such tremendous loyalty in spite of not winning a league match for six weeks.
He explained: “I didn’t know that, but that is fantastic. It’s really important we get the support when results aren’t going our way. It was always going to be a difficult year and obviously we hoped and believed and still believe in our quality that it won’t be the way it has been until now.
“I think we also proved we can play great football, that we are a good team and that we have good character, and I think we showed character today to win a game where in periods we weren’t at our best. Hopefully there is going to be more of that to come.”
Kranjcar was also asked after picking up the ‘Man of the Match’ award if he is now approaching something resembling peak fitness – but he admits he isn’t yet sure of that.
He added: “It’s really hard to answer that question! I think the way we play football is great, and I think when I wasn’t playing well people were saying I wasn’t match fit. All I can do is work hard every single day in training, and use every single minute on the field that I get.
“It’s been a long time since I played Premiership football, so I obviously needed time to bed in. I’m happy with the way things have gone, I’m happy that I haven’t missed one training session, and I’m hapy to have been involved in every single game since I came here, so I think things can only get better.”