Newcastle loan player Haris Vuckic played a key role in helping bring Mike Ashley’s £500,000 bonus a step closer to reality.

Leading 2-1 from the away leg, Rangers faced Queen of The South in their second leg play-off game at the weekend.

Haris Vuckic was used in a more withdrawn role behind the two strikers and was once again arguably Rangers’ best and most infuential player.

With nine goals in just over four months at Ibrox, it was at the other end of the pitch that the Slovenian international made his biggest impact.

With the score at 1-1, Haris Vuckic made a last gasp clearance off the line to prevent the tie going to extra time.

Rangers now playing Hibs at home on Wednesday with the second leg next Saturday.

The prize for the winners is a place in the Scottish Premier League and if it is Rangers, Mike Ashley will collect an extra £500,000 bonus for loaning the five players to the Glasgow club.

Ironically, that half a million payout that was agreed when Derek Llamabias was in charge at Ibrox, is some £150,000 more than Rangers would receive as their prize money for promotion.

Yet again Haris Vuckic was the only Newcastle loan player on show, with none of the other four even making the bench.

Despite Emmanuel Riviere fluking his first Premier League goal of the season, more than a few Newcastle fans have wondered if Haris Vuckic could have played a part in Newcastle’s fight against relegation, considering how woeful Riviere has been and the fact that Facundo Ferreyra has still not seen the light of day.