Newcastle loanee admits what surprised him after playing first game for Rangers

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Newcastle United loanee Haris Vuckic could not stop Rangers losing to Raith Rovers, despite scoring on his debut.

Rangers loanee Haris Vuckic has admitted to the Glasgow Evening Times that his first taste of football north of the border took him by surprise.

Vuckic joined Rangers from Newcastle United on deadline day and he made his first appearance for the club this weekend in a 2-1 defeat to Raith Rovers. 

It was an eye-opening match for the attacking midfielder and he admits that he will need to improve, even if he did manage to claim a debut goal. 

"I was a bit surprised," he admitted. "I need to step up a bit more.

"Raith Rovers were quite aggressive on us, they were fighting so that was tough. In England, it is the same but in Scotland it is a bit more. I just need to step up.

"That was my first 90 minutes for a while so I need to step up more in my game."

Despite Vuckic's admission that he was short of his best he was still one of Rangers' better performers and most supporters of the club were happy with his display.

The Slovenian linked things up well and scored with a well taken strike - in a display which showed he has the ability to help push the Light Blues on to greater things. 

Vuckic was one of only two of the Magpies loanees to make his debut during the contest, playing alongside Remie Streete, with the other three new arrivals all out injured. 

Rangers have struggled throughout the campaign so far, but their addition of five Newcastle players is hoped to provide them with the injection of quality needed for them to close the gap on Hearts at the top of the Scottish Championship.

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