Caixinha salutes Kranjcar after triumphant comeback
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha hailed Niko Kranjcar after the Croatian emerged from his eight-month injury hell.
The former Portsmouth, Tottenham and QPR midfielder ruptured knee ligaments on the eve of October's Betfred Cup semi-final clash with Celtic.
But Kranjcar showed no signs of rust as he produced a vintage display on his return against Europa League opponents Progres Niederkorn at Ibrox.
The Gers laboured to a 1-0 win as Kenny Miller grabbed the only goal. But Portuguese boss Caixinha insists Kranjcar should be proud of his showing.
He said: "He's a fantastic playmaker, he understands the game. With some freshness in the legs and some freshness in his decisions, we were producing some fantastic football.
"He knows how to play between lines, how to make the last pass, his delivery on set-pieces was great.
"We want to progress and keep going but in the second leg we need to do more and we want to keep going."