Warburton provides positive fitness update on new Rangers signing

Niko Kranjcar - Queens Park Rangers on the bench

Rangers ace Niko Kranjcar is on course to participate in the upcoming League Cup games.

West Ham United's Winston Reid in action against Queens Park Rangers Niko Kranjcar

Rangers boss Mark Warburton says Niko Kranjcar has been recovering well from a four week thigh injury and is on course to participate in the upcoming League Cup matches, the Evening Times report.

Kranjcar joined former Queens Park Rangers teammates Joey Barton and Clint Hill at Ibrox this summer after agreeing a two-year deal with the club, moving from the New York Cosmos.

Despite being involved in training, the Croatian missed the Scottish Premiership side's recent friendly win over Charleston Battery, prompting questions over his fitness ahead of the new season.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates after being promoted to the Scottish Premiership

Warburton, though, explains that the midfielder has only just recovered from an injury layoff and in spite of his absence against Charleston, he is in line to make an appearance in the League Cup.

“Niko had a four week thigh injury so it is important that we get him back fit and well. There is no point in rushing him through a pre-season game away here when the key aim is August 6,” Warburton was quoted as saying by the Evening Times.

“He will get him involved in some of the League Cup games and hopefully he will be ready for the start of the season.”

Rangers manager Mark Warburton with Martyn Waghorn at the end of the match

The former Tottenham Hotspur man is one of a number of experienced signings made by the Gers this summer, joining the likes of Barton, Hill and goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

Rangers are to face fellow Scottish Premiership side Motherwell next weekend in the League Cup, and they follow that up with games against Annan Athletic, East Stirlingshire and Stranraer.

While potential silverware will be on the minds of players heading in to these games, we’re still in the midst of pre-season and Warburton will likely target improved fitness and performances over results.

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