NIKO KRANJCAR insists the three points were the most important thing for Rangers this afternoon as Partick Thistle were beaten 2-0 at Ibrox.

The Croatian netted a stunning opening goal to release some of the tension around Ibrox after the visitors had made a bright start, and Kranjcar, who deservedly collected the ‘Man of the Match’ award, insists victory came over performance today, especially since the Light Blues weren’t up to their normal level.

He explained afterwards to RangersTV.tv: “It was the all important thing today. We went through September without winning in the league, so it was really important for us to get back to winning ways, and luckily we did.

“Partick had a foothold in the game, but we allowed them to get that. We looked a bit nervous in possession which is not like us, especially after last week’s performance, but it was important to get that goal, and obviously the second one, but unfortunately we didn’t get the third to kill off the game. and we didn’t look as confident as we wanted to coming into the last 15 or 20 minutes.

“What we said at the beginning was the most important thing was to get three points, and we did that.”

Kranjcar’s goal was, typically for him, a stunning effort as he picked up the ball on the edge of the area, drove into the area and rifled the ball into the roof of the net, but, while he made it look so simple, he explained it wasn’t exactly so.

He continued: “Once I got it from Barrie [McKay] my first thought was to cut inside, and once I did that I never got it out of my feet so I had to move back to my right and fortunately I caught it really, really sweetly and it ended up in the back of the net.”

 

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