Former Rangers boss Alex McLeish believes Niko Kranjcar still needs to work on his fitness

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

Mark Waburton's Rangers drew 1-1 with Hamilton at Ibrox, with Kranjcar disappointing.

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

Rangers’ return to the Scottish Premiership did not result in triumph at the weekend. They drew 1-1 with Hamilton Academical in a game in which they struggled to break down the Accies.

The game at Ibrox saw some excellent Rangers performances and some rather lacklustre ones.

One that belonged in the latter category was the efforts of Niko Kranjcar.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

The Croatian midfielder struggled to have any impact for Rangers in a poor performance and was eventually subbed off for Harry Forrester – who put in a much more dynamic performance.

Former Rangers boss Alex McLeish, who spent five years at Ibrox, was not impressed by the Croatian’s performance.

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He suggested to Sky Sports News HQ today (09/08/16) that Mark Warburton’s recruit still looks short of match fitness:

“Kranjcar I felt was a bit leggy.

“I think he needs more legs, because I think when you are a player of his quality sometimes your passing doesn’t come off.

“When he is at his sharpest I think Rangers will benefit from that.

“I am sure Mark (Warburton) has got a lot of work to do with Kranjcar to get him full-speed.”

There is no doubt that Kranjcar was off the pace at Ibrox. The 31-year-old looked to be carrying some timber in a ropey performance that did not help Rangers in their task.

Rangers' Harry Forrester reactsRangers' Harry Forrester

Saying that, the brain is clearly still working, as Rangers’ newbie showed glimpses of skill and vision throughout.

Mark Warburton will still be working on getting Kranjcar to his best fitness levels.

Once he is, Rangers should hopefully have a fantastic player on their hands.

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