Furious Niko Kranjcar ordered off during Rangers closed-door game

Niko Kranjcar was told to leave the pitch by the referee. Picture: John Devlin
Niko Kranjcar was told to leave the pitch by the referee. Picture: John Devlin
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Rangers midfielder Niko Kranjcar was instructed to leave the pitch by the match official during a closed-door friendly against St Johnstone.

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The incident happened in the 35th minute after Kranjcar reacted angrily to a studs-up challenge which the referee deemed to be fair.

The veteran Croatian screamed at the whistler before going face to face with the man in charge. Kranjcar was told to leave the field and was quickly replaced by Josh Windass.

St Johnstone’s official Twitter account drew attention to the incident, writing in a now-deleted tweet: “Niko Kranjcar is asked to leave the pitch after screaming at the referee. 0-0.”

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