Josh Windass has a long way to go before he gets close to achieving what Niko Kranjcar has in the game.

But as the Croat playmaker watches the cocky Rangers star develop at Ibrox he probably sees a bit of himself in Windass.

At his peak Kranjcar oozed self-belief and confidence. When he played in the Premier League and Champions League for Tottenham or for his country at the World Cup, he wasn’t afraid to be audacious.

He had raw ability that needed to be honed before he was good enough for the top level. Right now the same could be said for Windass.

In the early hours of yesterday morning the 24-year-old came off the bench in Florida against Atletico Mineiro and grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck.

Kranjcar has backed his teammate go further in the game

The Englishman has discovered form under Graeme Murty

Playing in his preferred position just off the front – a role Kranjcar was a master of in his heyday – Windass excelled with his stunning finish sealing a 1-0 Rangers win.

It has taken the Englishman a while but he seems to finally have found favour with the Ibrox support.

Under new gaffer Graeme Murty he has discovered a rich vein of form that has resulted in interest from clubs down south.

Rangers have already knocked back a £500,000 bid from Championship outfit Preston and more offers may come in before the end of January.

Kranjcar, who once ripped up England’s top flight, is…

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