Kevin Thomson has told The Glasgow Evening Times that he expects the "class act" that is Niko Kranjcar to have a big role at Rangers this season.
The high-profile Croatia international is gearing up for his second season at Ibrox, but his first year in Glasgow ended in October due to a knee injury.
The Rangers playmaker remains a classy figure in Pedro Caixinha's side, however, and reminded Gers fans of his talent with a beautiful free kick in the 1-1 draw with Marseille.
At 32, the former Tottenham man, who turns 33 in two weeks, is not as mobile as he once was, but Thomson, who spent three years at Rangers, claims he has been impressed with the ex-Premier League star everytime he has seen him.
“Every time I have watched him he has been a class act and him and Kenny (Miller) are still as good as anyone," he told The Glasgow Evening Times.
“For the team to move forward, you need to be able to get about the pitch and that is why Pedro is using him in a wider area when that is not as important, especially when he has Lee Wallace bombing up and down the line.
“Having Niko in the side helps the team retain possession, it helps them have a cutting edge because he has got such a clever array of passing."
Kranjcar will expect to face Sheffield Wednesday down South today in Rangers' last game before the Scottish Premiership season kicks off next weekend.