Ranger manager Stuart McCall has said that Newcastle loan player Haris Vuckic could be the new ‘Alexei Mikhailichenko’.
Starting only seven matches so far at the Glasgow club, Vuckic made it five goals for his on-loan club when scoring twice as a late sub on Saturday against Cowdenbeath.
Mikhailichenko was a 6ft 1 stylish goalscoring midfielder in the early 90s for Rangers and scored ten goals from midfield in his first season at the club – going on to help them win the Scottish Premier League in each of the five seasons he spent at the club.
Stuart McCall can see Haris Vuckic’s similarities with the former Russian/Ukrainian international:
“I have said before that he reminds me so much of big Mikhailichenko who I used to play with. He’s very graceful, left-footed, technically excellent and can score a goal.”
In his limited opportunities at Newcastle, Vuckic looked to have a nice touch but maybe not the pace for the Premier League.
However, the player himself hasn’t given up hope of being a success at St. James’ Park but at the same time is keeping his options open at Ibrox.
“For me now I am focused on Rangers and I want to do well for the last seven games we have – then we’ll see where we stand.
“I will see what Newcastle want as well and then I’ll decide what we are going to do. I have to consider all my options and what is the best for me.
“But this is a great time for me at the Rangers. I am really enjoying it. It would be a great option to extend the loan. We will see what Newcastle say.”
The Slovenian international has one year left at Newcastle and so any future loan would appear to be simply a running down of his contract before his eventual departure.
With Mike Ashley unlikely to be doing Rangers many favours in the future, you’d imagine he will be trying to sell Vuckic in the summer or at the very least trying to get him off the wage bill.