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Striker left Newcastle because he wanted to ‘play with the men’

6 years ago

Haris Vuckic says that the tipping point for his loan move to Rangers was that he needed to ‘play with the men’ in first team football, as staying in reserve team football was hampering his development.

The move couldn’t have worked out better for the United forward who turns 23 in August and is at a crossroads in his career.

Whilst you must worry about what future in football the other four Newcastle loan players at Rangers will have, with nine goals and a number of man of the match performances, Vuckic is one of the contender for player of the year at the Glasgow club.

The Slovenian international is confident that Newcastle can get out of trouble but is concentrating on Sunday’s play-off second leg against Queen of The South, with Rangers leading 2-1 from the first leg. The winners then meet Hibernian for a place in the top division.

Haris Vuckic talking to the Daily Record.

“You could say that things are more positive just now at Rangers than at Newcastle.

Newcastle lost eight games in a row and then they drew at the weekend, hopefully, they’re going to do well in the last two games and I wish them all the best.

I’m confident Newcastle can stay up with the players they have but when the bad momentum comes, even when you have the best players, it can be hard.

There are all kinds of 
combinations which could happen but I don’t know anything about my future at the moment. Everything can happen. When we know where both clubs are I can decide on my future.

But it will all depend on what Newcastle have to say, they are the ones who will to decide.

I still have to respect Newcastle because I still have a year left on my contract. In the summer, I will have options and I will pick the best one for me.

If that is Rangers … I have been enjoying it here, the fans like me and I like it here so that will be a good option to stay.

I don’t know if there would be a fee involved – I will know more about it in the summer.

 I wanted a fair chance. I couldn’t get it there so I came to Rangers. Now it is easier to say I could do the same at Newcastle had I stayed there but I’m happy at Rangers and doing well.

It has helped my career as I never got the opportunity to play regularly at Newcastle. I played for the Under-21s but that is not my level – I want to go and play with the men.

So coming to Rangers was the perfect move even though I was sceptical at the start.

I wanted to play for the Newcastle first team but I spoke to John Carver and his advice was to go and play, get 20 games, before we see what happens in the summer.

I wasn’t sceptical because Rangers were in the Scottish Championship, I just wanted to play in the Premier League for Newcastle. I felt I could play there and do more at the club.

I had injuries in pre-season and it was hard to show I could do it with a knee injury.

But at Rangers I got the chance to play every weekend and scored goals.”


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