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Kranjcar out for rest of season

Rangers v Hamilton: Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images

The extent of Niko Kranjcar’s knee injury has been revealed and the Croatian midfielder will miss the rest of the season. After being hurt in a freak training ground accident on October 18th, Rangers’ medical staff have had to wait for swelling to go down before they could fully assess the damage done to the 32-year-old midfielder.

Kranjcar now faces surgery to repair his torn ACL ahead of a six-month stint rehabilitating his knee before returning in time for pre-season. The classy ex-Spurs midfielder had only just began to find some consistent form after his summer move from NASL’s New York Cosmos and his extended lay-off will be a massive blow to Rangers’ plans as they look to book a place in Europe for the first time since 2011.

With Kranjcar out for the season and Joey Barton looking increasingly unlikely to be seen at Ibrox again, never mind play for the club, Mark Warburton will be hoping Kranjcar’s fellow summer recruits Josh Windass, Matt Crooks and Jordan Rossiter and can fill the hole left by Rangers’ two ‘marquee’ signings.