Murty makes surprising admission Alfredo Morelos might disagree with…


Graeme Murty has disagreed with Alfredo Morelos’ assessment of Carlos Pena by claiming the best player at Ibrox, certainly on a technical basis, was Niko Kranjcar.

Morelos famously suggested the Mexican was the best player at the club, and while fans saw fleeting glimpses of that quality, it was evident the international was not at ease with the Scottish game and the signing was destined to fail.

Morelos said:

“So far, here, Carlos Pena.”

But Graeme Murty has today claimed the best technical player he’s worked with as a coach is Kranjcar, and paid tribute to the Croatian:

“Technically, he (Niko) is possibly the best player I have seen up close as a coach.”

Niko had a terrible time with injury at Ibrox, and there is no denying you don’t get almost a hundred caps for Croatia without being able to play a bit, but there does appear to be a gulf in view about who the coach considers the best player and who some of the players themselves do.

For what it’s worth, and that probably ain’t much, our opinion of the best technical player at the club has to be Jason Cummings. Outstanding first touch, excellent passing, fine control, good movement, and clinical finishing make him well up there as among the best we have.


  1. There is nothing wrong with admitting Pena had talent. I thought he was a gifted player. Unfortunately he had none of the other attributes required to cut it at IBROX.

  2. To even compare Pena to Kranjcar is an insult to Niko. I've seen long balls go less distance than most of Pena's first touches.

  3. Currently it would be Goss, Murphy or Windass.
    Cummings would be up there. I just struggle to see what he can do to get in the team unless we go two up top for some games. He should never be playing ahead of Morelos in a one up top formation.

  4. I agree with Hugh.If Cummings was that good he would be playing every week. I think IN are overrating him. How many SPFL goals has he scored?Watched him against Killie and he was rotten. Squad player at most.

  5. Cummings is a very good Scottish player who will come good at Ibrox once he plays in a 2 up front formation either in a 2 or a 1 -1 . His movement and desire is there for all to see .Agree Kranjaar skill and ability

  6. It's all good being the best technical player on the training ground, but mean diddly squat when not producing the goods on the pitch when and where it matters! Jamie Murphy and Greg Docherty for me shows any sort of class we need at Rangers, the rest are just bog standard average on the pitch. Wizards in a training session, bottlers in a competitive game! We need better to prevent the beggars getting 10 in a row!

  7. I think Morelos is our best player by a good bit.
    He bullies every defence in the league, all on his own.
    Has the most scope for improvement with a bit of composure he will bring in a hefty fee.
    It just shows there are players out there for 1M that are Rangers standard!

    • Nice to see another post telling us in no uncertain terms just how good Jason Cummings is. I really do hope he turns out to be as good as IN insists he is – so far, he has proved only that he can play at Championship level. He needs to be able to prove that he can play at a higher level before we start talking up how great he is.

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