Haris Vuckic is finding out very quickly that it is tough playing football in Scotland’s second division – the Championship – where the football is a lot more physical in nature than in England, and it’s physical enough in the English Premier League.
Haris Vuckic after scoring on Sunday
It was a disastrous game on Sunday at Ibrox for Rangers, as they were knocked out of the Scottish Cup 2-1 in the 5th round by Raith Rovers.
And that was Raith Rovers first win at Ibrox since way back in November, 1959 – a full 56 years ago. 🙁
This is what the 22 year-old Slovenian International had to say after the game on the Rangers web-site:
“I was a bit surprised by the ?occasion against Raith and I just need to step up my game a bit to handle it better.”
“They were quite aggressive and really fought for the ball. That was tough and something I haven’t been as used to playing in England.
“That was my first 90 minutes in a while so now I need to demand a little bit more of myself and hopefully goals will start coming as well as victories.
“I have to adapt to Scottish football and a new team. I am going to get to know the players better with time.
“I need to be more aggressive, get the ball at my feet, create and score goals. That is my job and if I do that we will be successful.
“We all spoke after the game and said the performance wasn’t good enough.” “We need to step up, move on, start winning games and get the fans back on side – we are determined to be better.”
“My first league game is going to be good on Friday. Hibs are third at the moment so we know we need to win then we can push on and chase Hearts with our games in hand.”
“Our aim is to win as many matches as possible to get as close to Hearts as we can and that could give us a chance to take it to the last game of the season.”
“I’m happy that I scored but disappointed about the result.” “In cup games it is all about the winning so to lose hurts.”
Rangers are a full 19 points behind Hearts, who have 60 points at the head of the table, but Rangers do have three games in hand.
One of Haris’ weaknesses since he joined us in January 2009 as a 16 year-old from his home country Slovenia, is that while he has skills galore and is an excellent technical player, he is not very physical.
He’s always seems to shy away from the physicality of the game, even through he stands 6’2″ tall and is a big strapping lad.
When we did sign him from Domzale, he came with a big reputation at that young age, and he was one of the best young players in Europe at the time.
And it was a coup that Newcastle signed him ahead of some top clubs that were also after him.
But he’s never fulfilled that massive promise and potential he had, so maybe his time north of the border is just exactly what he needs, and it will make or break him, at least as far as his career at Newcastle United is concerned.
We hope Haris will improve quickly on the physical side of his play, and help Rangers get that promotion back to the Scottish Premier League via the play-offs.
That’s one reason the five Newcastle players are on loan at the famous Scottish club, and they have to contribute big time to Rangers for the rest of the season.
If they can help Rangers get promotion then everybody will be happy. 😀
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