Rangers new boy Nico Kranjcar shares details on his fitness levels

Niko Kranjcar

The talented midfielder has struggled with injuries in recent years.

Scotland's Scott Brown (L) and Croatia's Niko Kranjcar in action

Rangers new boy Nico Kranjcar has provided an insight into his fitness levels, in an interview with the club’s official website.

The 31-year-old has suffered with injuries throughout his career but feels as if he has now put that behind him and is almost back in peak condition.

Queens Park Rangers' Niko Kranjcar (L) and Doncaster Rovers' Dean Furman in action

“The main thing for me is I don’t feel any pain in the quad muscle,” said the former Croatia international.

“That has fully healed and I am really comfortable joining in the full sessions. It will still be a couple of weeks before I am back to being fully match fit, but it is a joy and a thrill that I can do every exercise with the rest of the squad and it’s been a great 10 days for me.

Niko Kranjcar - Queens Park Rangers on the bench

“I would love to have been fit by yesterday’s game, but the physio and the manager will decide when and how much game time is best for me to be ready for the kick-off to the season to make sure I can make it through the full year hopefully injury-free,” he added.

Gers fans will be hoping their new midfield maestro does indeed stay fit for the bulk of next season as he is sure to be a critical component of any potential title challenge.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

Manager Mark Warburton has been active in the transfer window so far this summer and the capture of the former Queens Park Rangers midfielder has been one of the highlights.

Kranjcar possesses that creative spark that is so precious in football and if he can maintain fitness and quickly settle in, the Ibrox crowd are sure to be entertained by his technical ability.

Rangers face the difficult challenge of competing with Celtic for the SPL title at the first time of asking, but their summer business so far, and their Scottish Cup semi-final victory over their bitter rivals last season, will have them believing they can do just that.

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