AFTER a 15 year career Niko Kranjcar says he is taking on a mentoring role with some of the younger members of the Rangers squad.
The Croatian confesses he has taken Josh Windass under his wing to try and guide the former Accrington youngster who he describes as having “great potential.”
Kranjcar admits to enjoying imparting his footballing wisdom on the Gers young midfield, especially when he can’t get out on the field himself due to injury.
The 32-year-old said:
“I talk a lot about football, especially to the younger guys. I think they are all great guys and have a great and bright future ahead of them.
“I think it is maybe different in regards to Jon Toral and Emerson Hyndman because they have played at the very top level; they have played in the Premier League and have played with players who have played there.
“Then you have Josh who came from League Two and I think it is harder for him to adapt and I spend a lot of time talking to him because I really believe he has great potential.
“It is down to Josh to prove it and prove that he can go on and have the career which he probably wishes for himself, the same as with H (Harry Forrester).
“With Emo and Jon they have been around players in places and grew up in academies.
“I like to talk about football with the guys because there is not much to do when you are injured and can’t play so at least you can talk about it a bit!”
Toral and Hyndman have moved into the Light Blues team since Kranjcar tore his ACL in October and the midfielder has been impressed by the impact the loanees have made.
The pair have slotted into the Gers midfield after their January moves from Arsenal and Bournemouth and Kranjcar thinks they will be vital to the Premiership run-in.
He continued: “They have done great, Emo has been adding the goals as well and they are both players who have a bright future ahead of them.
“They have helped in a really good manner since they came in in January and hopefully that continues now because we are coming to the last part of the season which is very important for us to get the momentum.
“We will have a big game in the semi-finals of the cup and hopefully we win that cup and take the momentum into next season.
“That season will be a quick turnaround because of the early qualifiers for the Europa League so I think it is really important that we finish on a high.
“Looking at the last couple of results we are building and it looks like it is going to be a good finish to our season.”