Report: Kranjcar happy to remain at Ibrox after Caixinha confidence boost

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

Niko Kranjcar has been given a confidence boost by Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha.

Pedro Caixinha has hardly seen his Croatian midfielder Niko Kranjcar take to the field at Ibrox.

Having been injured for nine-months with a cruciate knee injury, Kranjcar, 32, might have thought his Rangers career was pretty much over. But Caixinha wants to hold on to the creative midfielder who he says can only get better, according to the Daily Record.

The Rangers manager insists he would rather have 60 minutes of Kranjcar over 90 minutes of mediocrity from another player, certainly great incentive for Kranjcar to remain in Glasgow.

But staying at Ibrox is not the easy option for Kranjcar. The Ibrox crowd will demand quality and Kranjcar will be expected to play a leading role.

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

Talking in a recent Daily Mail article, Kranjcar said: "I hope I am going to get a chance to prove myself again because for me this is early stages after being out for so long and I have to prove myself every day and in every game."

Having played in all three of Rangers pre-season friendlies, the former Portsmouth playmaker naturally wants to make an impact this coming season.

However, he may yet find his progress becomes the subject of close inspection from Birmingham City, as Harry Redknapp could benefit hugely from a player of Kranjcar's quality in the Championship.

There has been no move yet by Redknapp to sign Kranjcar for Birmingham City, but he has signed him for three different clubs.

The challenge, should it come from Birmingham would probably be attractive for Kranjcar. But only if he wants a return to England. Arguably, he might find less time on the ball to create chances in the Championship these days and, while he might enjoy playing for Harry Redknapp, it might be important for Kranjcar to show he can prove himself with another manager.  

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

Additionally, the lure of playing in front of 40,000 or more fans at Ibrox is a compelling reason enough for Kranjcar to stay put – at least for the moment. Kranjcar will also want to repay the support he has received during his injury period. While Kranjcar keeps that fan support, he is surely right to try and play out his contract and do his very best for Rangers. 

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