Weir hails Kranjcar display

Weir hails Kranjcar display

David Weir believes Rangers are close to seeing the best of Niko Kranjcar after the Croatian starred against Partick Thistle.

The former Tottenham and QPR playmaker was the stand-out performer as Gers claimed just their third Ladbrokes Premiership win of the campaign with a 2-0 Ibrox success.

He crashed home the opener 33 minutes in before Andy Halliday swept home number two soon after.

It was an encouraging display from Kranjcar, who has struggled to get himself up to peak fitness following his summer move from New York Cosmos.

But Weir feels it will not be long before he is operating at his maximum on a consistent basis.

"From day one the manager has said he's catching up," said Mark Warburton's right-hand man. "He's a top-level player. You don't play 80 times for Croatia, play in World Cups and European Championships without having a level of ability.

"It's up to us to get him back to that level of fitness and that level of consistency. He showed today and he has done in flashes throughout the season the level he has. Our job is to get him to that stage.

"You saw today he's more than capable of doing it. It's about trying to maximise that.

"He's working so hard. He trains hard every day, he does extras every day. He's very conscientious in his work and he's dedicated to what he's doing.

"It's hard to put a timescale on it, but you can only praise his application and his desire for doing it."