Haris Vuckic had a very good loan spell at Rangers FC since January, although Newcastle could have done with his goal-scoring in the Premier League as we weakened the squad further in January and only just survived in the Premier league on the last day of the season.
We have yet to hear an explanation from Lee Charnley on what the heck he was doing in January, as Davide Santon and Haris Vuckic among others was allowed to leave on the last day of the window, even though at the time we were desperately short of players at that time.
Haris Vuckic in Rangers colors
Haris played extremely well for Rangers and quickly became a favorite with the Glasgow fans, – and it was a pity they were beaten by Motherwell in the playoffs, so they will have to spend another season in The Scottish Championship.
Haris scored 9 goals in 15 appearances for Rangers FC, although the standard of football there is well short of the Premier League, but Haris will get every chance this summer to stake a claim to stay at Newcastle on a longer term contact – with his six year deal ending next summer.
When he was a teenager Haris was a top young player in Europe who showed massive promise, and he made his debut for the full Slovenian side in February, against – you guessed it – Scotland – when he came on as a 61st minute substitute.
Haris played for the U21 Slovenia side just before he turned 18 in 2010, but over the last few years Haris has struggled, and various injuries have not helped his development.
Slovenia manager Srecko Katanec has obviously heard of Vuckic’s exploits in Scotland this year, but he isn’t impressed with the standard of football Vuckic has been playing:
“Haris Vuckic played for Rangers in the Second Division in Scotland.” “I was disappointed, not just with him, but with the quality of the league he was playing in – I would have thought Rangers would have had a better team.”
Well there’s a hit against the Scottish Championship and even Rangers in just one sentence.
Rangers would like to sign Haris full time this summer or take him on loan for next season – but that’s a subtle hint from his National manager that is needs to play at a much higher level, to be considered for the Slovenian squad again.
Haris will be given a chance in pre-season, and depending on how he plays he could be kept in the Newcastle first team for next season, or else he will be sent out on loan – but probably to an English Championship side.
That’s bad news for Rangers, but we hope they can get promoted back to where they belong next season – the Scottish Premier League – and back in Europe again very soon.