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Young guns can plug gap left by Kranjcar, says Garner

By Andy Newport

Joe Garner believes Rangers' talented youngsters can provide the spark needed in the absence of Niko Kranjcar. Gers boss Mark Warburton received the news he was dreading earlier this week when doctors confirmed playmaker Kranjcar had torn his cruciate ligament.

The Croatian is now looking at a six-month recovery period. But Garner, ahead of tomorrow's trip to Ross County, reckons the likes of 22-year-old Josh Windass, Jason Holt, 23, and Andy Halliday - still only 25 - proved in last week's 3-0 win over Kilmarnock that they possess the key tools to unlock opposition defences.

Garner said: "Niko's a top, top player and he brings a lot of experience to a lot of the younger lads that we have here.

"He will be a huge miss for us but hopefully he comes back stronger. It will be tough going without him but the young lads have stepped up lately.

"Josh has been playing really well, Holty and Andy are on form as well. The gaffer knows what he's doing but hopefully we should be okay with those guys in the team."

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