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Kranjcar joined Rangers to win titles; comments on Spurs spell

Burnley's Andre Gray in action with Rangers' Niko Kranjcar

Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton has brought nine players to Ibrox, and one of them reveals something.

Burnley's Andre Gray in action with Rangers' Niko Kranjcar

Niko Kranjcar has revealed via The Sunday Post that his very first question to Rangers boss Mark Warburton centered around winning the Scottish Premiership this season.

The 31-year-old is one of nine new signings made by the Rangers manager this summer - and arguably the biggest, given the fact that he has Champions League experience with Tottenham Hotspur and won over 80 caps for Croatia.

Kranjcar spent three years at Tottenham, and the playmaker was involved in the Spurs side which challenged for the Premier League title under Harry Redknapp during the 2011-12 campaign, before the Lilywhites ultimately fell away.

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For such a talented player, it seems odd that Kranjcar only won one major trophy during an eight-year stint in English football - an FA Cup success in 2008 at Portsmouth - but the Croat seems determined to make up for lost time.

In his first meeting with Rangers coach Warburton, the former Dynamo Kiev man claims that he straight away asked the 53-year-old about the Gers' hopes of winning the Scottish Premiership this season, which will be the club's first year back in the big time following a four-year absence.

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

“In the first meeting I had with the Rangers manager, my first question was: ‘Is the goal to win the title?’," Kranjcar, who was at New York Cosmos before joining Rangers, is quoted as saying by The Sunday Post. “I’m not happy with the last two or three years of my career, achievement-wise.

“The last time I really competed for a title was in Croatia. I could say we challenged when I was at Spurs, but we faded away at the end. We were up there but never really challenged.

“That’s why it was such a big thing for me to come to a club which was competing for a title."

Rangers fans will love Kranjcar's sentiments. It sums up how the midfielder has joined the club to win the Premiership and he appears to have bought into what Warburton is trying to achieve on the blue half of the Old Firm divide.

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