After making it seven goals despite only starting 10 matches, Haris Vuckic has had a glowing appraisal from Rangers boss Stuart McCall.
McCall says that whenever the Newcastle loan player cuts gets the ball on his left foot, he expects the ‘net to bulge’.
“I said after I saw Haris in my first training session that he has fantastic ability but he’s obviously got fitter as a result of the games he has played.
“His match fitness is good. He is looking strong at the end of games. Before that he was flagging after 50 or 60 minutes. He has benefited from having a lot of time on the park.
“He is important for us and he is certainly a goal threat for us, every time he cuts in on his left foot you expect the net to bulge.”
Whatever the future holds for Vuckic, certainly this loan spell is doing his prospects no harm.
Stuart McCall also though pointed to the midfielder/striker’s fitness as an issue and even though he claims is is much better now, it was Haris Vuckic’s mobility which struck me as the biggest problem in trying to make his mark in the Premier League.
That seventh goal of his loan spell against Raith Rovers at the weekend, keeps Rangers in pole position to finish second and have prime spot in the end of season play-offs.
Vuckic is certainly too good for the second tier for the second tier of Scottish football and should comfortably cope with the Scottish Premier League if Rangers get promotion and the player stays there.
With the fiasco surrounding the other four loan players, it would be ironic if Haris Vuckic ended up being central to success in the play-offs.
I nearly wrote ‘pay-offs’ by mistake there and of course there is the small matter of a Rangers promotion earning Mike Ashley/Newcastle United a half a million bonus.
This clause in the loan arrangements for the Newcastle players looking a ‘little’ generous considering Rangers will bank less than £400,000 in prize money if they did go up.