Niko Kranjcar says Queens Park Rangers feel like a Premier League team
Niko Kranjcar believes QPR have a squad of 'Premier League footballers' and are heading back to the big time.
Last Updated: 19/11/13 10:33am
An ambitious project at Loftus Road has not always delivered results on the field, with relegation in 2012/13 not part of the plan.
There is, however, a collective desire to bounce back at the first time of asking, and Harry Redknapp has assembled a squad brimming with international performers.
Kranjcar's arrival over the summer, on a season-long loan from Dynamo Kiev, showed that QPR can still attract top talent, and the Croatian playmaker is convinced he has joined a side on the up.
The former Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur forward told The Independent on life in the Championship: "It is a very competitive league, obviously and physically.
"The main difference is the ability at the technical point of the game. But then again, I play in a team that is full of top players, footballers, most of them have played for years and years in the Premier League, so I don't really feel it.
"I believe we are a Premier League team, and I believe we are going to go up.
"I don't feel like I am playing in the Championship - I know I am - but I do feel that I am in a team of Premier League footballers."
While promotion is the target domestically for Kranjcar, of more pressing concern at present is securing qualification for the 2014 World Cup with Croatia.
A goalless draw with Iceland in the first leg of their play-off contest means victory in Zagreb on Tuesday will take Igor Stimac's side to Brazil.
Kranjcar said on a crucial contest: "If we can't go through those two games, we don't deserve to go to Brazil. And if they want it more than us, we have big problems in our heads."