Niko Kranjčar is leaving the New York Cosmos and returning to the Scottish Premier League with Rangers FC.
During the recently completed spring season, Kranjčar made seven appearances and six starts for New York, scoring one goal and adding an assist in 404 minutes.
“We agreed to a contract with Niko for the duration of the Spring Season,” said Erik Stover, Cosmos Chief Operating Officer. “He showed his class by giving maximum effort on the field and representing the club well off it. Any club is lucky to have a player and person like him.”
Giovanni Savarese, Cosmos head coach, added that Kranjčar “is a true professional” and wished him the best as he plays with one of Scotland’s most storied clubs.
For his part, Kranjčar added, “Everyone at the club, including the coaches, players and staff made me feel very welcomed. 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.”
Kranjčar was an integral playmaker for then-English Premier League side Portsmouth FC during the club’s FA Cup-winning 2007-08 campaign. He has represented his country at every level, first as a U-16 player in 2000, and debuted for Croatia’s senior national team in 2004. He has 81 caps and 16 goals to date.
The 31-year-old Zagreb native spent six seasons in England split between Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 20 goals in 155 league appearances while playing under manager Harry Redknapp at both stops. In 2013 Kranjčar reunited with Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers on loan from Dynamo Kyiv, helping QPR achieve promotion to the Premier League via a Championship Playoff Final win against Derby County on May 24, 2014.