One of the biggest transfer sagas in the modern Cosmos era as come to a close, and it’s not a positive for the boys in green.
Today it was announced that Croatian attacking midfielder Niko Kranjčar signed a two-year deal with Scottish club Rangers F.C. Kranjčar is the sixth signing for Rangers during this window, as the Glasgow club prepares for its first season back in the Scottish top flight since their liquidation following the 2011-2012 season and subsequent takeover by Sevco Scotland Ltd.
“Everyone at the club, including the coaches, players and staff made me feel very welcomed,” Kranjčar said. “I really enjoyed my time with the Cosmos, and remain grateful to Gio for presenting me with the opportunity and I feel very fortunate to have played alongside a great group of guys.”
Rangers manager Mark Warburton told the club’s website what a signing like Kranjčar means.
“We are delighted to secure a player of Niko’s undoubted qualities and very much look forward to welcoming him to the club. Such a signing shows our desire to achieve a positive balance between young, hungry players and the undoubted necessity of experience and maturity.”
The Rangers boss also had a parting message for how Kranjčar’s former club acted during the deal:
— Rangers FC (@RangersFC) June 23, 2016
Kranjčar leaves New York after only playing 404 minutes in 7 games, registering a goal and an assist to go along with two yellow cards. He truly looked to be coming into top form with a stunning performance against Carolina, but injuries kept his time in green extremely limited after that, with a groin injury suffered in the third minute against Tampa Bay being the curtain call for his time in green.
“It was a pleasure having Niko with us in preseason and during our Spring Season,” said Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese. “He’s a true professional that brought quality to our squad. I wish him all the best at one of Scotland’s most storied clubs.”
It will be interesting to see how the Cosmos look to replace Niko in the spring season. Here at TICC, we previously wrote how the Cosmos would fair with the pieces they currently have, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Cosmos go shopping during the break.
How do you feel about Kranjčar’s departure? Should the Cosmos actively shop to replace him in the midfield? Let us know below!