Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has said that he will be happy should Niko Kranjcar be able to play an hour a match. The 32-year-old Kranjcar has struggled for fitness since arriving at the Gers last summer though he did manage to make some improvements towards the end of this past season.
In October, the Croatian international suffered a cruciate ligament injury which ruled him out of action for the latter parts of the season and which prevented him from playing since Caixinha was appointed as manager of the club.
On Thursday, Kranjcar however proved that he can still be useful to the Gers by delivering an impressive performance during his club’s Europa League encounter against Progres Niederkkorn. Rangers ended up winning the match 1-0 and Kranjcar was voted as man of the match.
Whilst speaking about Kranjcar, Caixinha revealed that he may still need to wait a while before he can use the midfielder in a way which is most useful to his team by saying, “I’m trying to understand the time he can perform – not only one hour,.
“He had such a long absence after such a difficult injury so to be back at this level it really demonstrates his mentality and his quality and his desire to help the team.
“It’s just a question of time and he needs a little bit more time but the quality is always present. If he gives me that for one hour in every match from now until the end of the season I will be happy.”