Ibrox Noise will bring you a full analysis and appraisal of Rangers’ outstanding performance today in due course, and we look forward to it, but if there was one huge blot on the copybook it has to be Niko Kranjcar.
To describe his ‘display’ as disgraceful is generous, for we can barely remember a worse Old Firm display from an individual Rangers player in years.
We are delighted with the performance overall, and the result was more than deserved, but we reserve a huge chunk of anger over how staggeringly poor Kranjcar was today, and the 80+ cap Croat more than deserves called out over it.
For it to take him till the 63rd minute to successfully deliver a pass is one of the most incompetent, lazy, and frankly insulting displays we have ever seen from one of our own, and it is not like the lad made up for it with hard work.
He barely moved!
It is not often we take time these days to attack individual players – we have been more critical of late of the overall picture in Govan. Certain individuals will have bad games but while we can always critique the quality of their play, it is rare that we feel compelled to attack their attitude.
From finding things funny, to taking a stupid amount of time to do his laces, to failing to even hold onto the ball even once in the match, we are bewildered as to why he both started, and was not hauled off at half time.
We know the guy is back from injury (is he not always) but it does not excuse the complete disinterest he evidently had in this match. Maybe he knows he is going next month and simply does not care, but on his few cameos since regaining fitness the guy has been a disgrace.
Kranjcar has delivered in one competitive match – the mighty Peterhead in the cup, since he arrived in 2016. He was also very decent against Marseille last summer but that was a friendly. When it was Niederkorn he went something below feeble.
To call him out as a waste of a wage does not paint the full picture.
And his corners were abject as well today.
We get it – everyone can have an off match, and it would be absurd to make a big deal of it. Call the match a bad match but do not call the player a bad player if he has been good or even honourable otherwise.
Kranjcar has been neither of these and the sooner he is released from his deal and we can sign a competent replacement, the better.