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Rangers transfer news: Kranjčar deal done

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Croatian midfielder set to sign two-year deal at Ibrox

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The summer's longest transfer saga, so far anyway, is about to reach a conclusion with former Spurs, Dynamo Kiev and QPR midfielder Niko Kranjčar becoming the latest player to pledge his future to Rangers.

The 81-times capped Croatian, who currently plays with New York Cosmos in America's NASL, will sign a two-year deal at Ibrox after Mark Warburton jetted across the Atlantic to hold talks with the player and his representatives. Kranjčar will join fellow Ibrox new boys Jordan Rossiter and Joey Barton in a much strengthened Rangers midfield as Warburton steps up his side's preparation for their return to top-flight football following a four-year hiatus

With Gedion Zelalem and Dom Ball returning to their parent clubs after their respective loan deals expired, added to the release of Nicky Law, there was always going to be a need for reinforcements in the middle of the park ahead if Rangers are to challenge Celtic for the SPFL Premiership this season.

Kranjčar made seven appearances from a possible ten as his NY Cosmos side won the 2016 NASL Spring Season; scoring once and setting one up and will move to Scotland following the expiry of his short term deal with the Cosmos. His last appearance was in the 2-1 over Joe Cole's Tampa Bay Rowdies on May 22nd although he only lasted a few minutes before pulling up with a groin injury.

Undoubtedly the type of player who can light up the Scottish game it'll be interesting to see what gets to him first, Scottish football's cloggers and plastic hardmen or his wife's dream of a Broadway career. Either way, Kranjčar's signing will go a long way to convincing Rangers fans that a title challenge is a more than reasonable expectation.