Mark Warburton has added a fifth signing to his squad with the confirmation of Niko Krancjar's move to Ibrox. The Croatian, who was most recently at New York Cosmos, has signed a two-year deal as GTBFO revealed last month.
Krancjar's signing will increase competition for places in a midfield which is already the strongest area of the team while adding some experience that was noticably lacking at points last term.
Krancjar began his career with Dinamo Zagreb where he was named club captain aged 17 before making the move to bitter rivals Hajduk Split. 18 months later the midfielder was on the move again, this time to England, where he would link up with Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth for the first of three stints under 'Arry.
The Croat's stint on the Solent coast wasn't to end well however as Pompey's financial perils began to bite and the club saw several of it's best players sold off and replaced with poorer quality players. This ultimately caused Krancjar to head to Spurs, under Harry Redknapp of course, where he became a key player as Spurs looked to establish themselves as one of the top sides in the Premier League.
The emergence of a certain Gareth Bale made it harder for Krancjar to get regular starts towards the end of his spell at Tottenham and he eventually moved on to Dynamo Kiev in 2013. Injury troubles disrupted his spell in the Ukrainian capital and before long 'Arry came calling again and Krancjar was off to QPR for the first of two season-long loans.
In his first season at Loftus Road he helped the R's win promotion back the Premier League via the Playoffs, alongside new Ibrox teammates Joey Barton & Clint Hill, before they were immediately relegated back to the Championship the following season.
Once his two spells were up at QPR he returned to parent club Dynamo Kiev, only to be released, before heading across the Atlantic to join the New York Cosmos. Eligibility rules surrounding foreign players delayed his debut for the Cosmos by several months but once finally elgible Krancjar immediately became a key player for the Cosmos as they looked to secure the NASL Spring Championship.
At international level, he has amassed 81 caps for his country since his debut in 2004 and has represented the Croatian national side at two European Championships (Euro 2008 & 2012) and at the 2006 World Cup.