NIKO KRANJCAR AND EDUARDO HERERA have insisted that they are not thinking of their long term futures but are simply hoping to impress stand-in boss Graeme Murty and earn their place in the Rangers starting eleven.

Kranjcar, 33, will see his contract expire in the summer and his thoughts remain solely upon impressing Murty and making his mark on the pitch.

“I honestly haven’t thought about that. After the injury I had last season, every minute I spend on the pitch is a bonus for me and I don’t want to look so much ahead.

“I want to give everything I can. Obviously I wasn’t in the team for a long time and I worked really, really hard to get back into it.

“Once I got back into it, I had a good game, had a not so good game, but I’m happy to prove to the manager that I’m still good enough to be used at this football club. That’s going to be my goal till the end of the season.”

Meanwhile, Herera, who was signed by Pedro Caixinha in the summer, has been linked with a move away after the Portuguese manager was sacked in October; however, the 29-year-old has insisted that he’s not thinking of his future elsewhere as he looks to use the side’s trip to Florida to work his way into the plans for the second half of the season.

“The team played well, we used a lot of preparation in this little pre-season we have, we trained hard and got an important result for the second part of the tournament there.

“A lot of changes: the city, the style of football, the weather, there have been a lot of changes and adaptation, now in this second period of the tournament it’s important to keep looking for more minutes in the team, it’s one of my main goals.

“The fans are impressive, the best I’ve seen, it’s a passion that overflows for the team and one as a player thanks and hopes to respond.

“One of the dreams is to play in Europe and I’m living it, but for now I do not think about that (return to Liga MX), I signed three years with Rangers and I’m still two and a half years to go.”

Rangers kicked off their Florida Cup with a 1-0 victory over Atletico Mineiro.


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