End for Kranjcar as Docherty nears Rangers move?

Niko Kranjcar of Rangers takes a free kick during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and St Johnstone at Ibrox Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Surely Niko Kranjcar's time at Rangers is up as Greg Docherty nears a move to Ibrox.

Niko Kranjcar of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and St Johnstone at Ibrox Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Niko Kranjcar cut a glum figure on the Rangers substitutes' bench on Wednesday night and his chances of first-team game time are about to become a whole lot slimmer.

The 33-year-old playmaker has been afforded just 367 minutes of Scottish Premiership action this season, starting just four of those but failing to remain on the field for an entire 90 minutes in even one match.

The former Croatia international has been blighted by injury since his move to Ibrox under Mark Warburton in the summer of 2016, and now the left-footer could look for a way out of Ibrox with six days remaining in the January transfer window.

Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on January 24, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The former Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and QPR attacking midfielder is in the final handful of months of his Ibrox contract and will be available on a free in the summer.

Now, the Gers are set to complete a move for Hamilton midfielder Greg Docherty according to BBC Sport, with a move to land the 21-year-old playmaker expected to be completed on Thursday.

Assist machine Docherty has scored three goals and created another six strikes during his 21 Scottish Premiership appearances this season and that has tempted Graeme Murty into luring Hamilton's number eight to Ibrox.

Josh Windass started in Kranjcar's favoured number 10 role on Wednesday night in the 2-0 win over Aberdeen, with Kranjcar remaining an unused substitute. With Docherty signed, Kranjcar will move further down the pecking order.

At a stage in his career where game time is vital to extend his professional footballing days, Kranjcar must consider leaving six months before his contract expires with less than a week to go in the January transfer window.

Murty must allow the set-piece specialist to leave, in order to save his career.

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