McCall compares Haris Vuckic to Rangers hero Alexei Mikhailichenko

Rangers manager Stuart McCall was full of praise for Haris Vuckic after his two goals against Cowdenbeath.

Rangers manager Stuart McCall told the club's official website that Haris Vuckic reminds him of former Ibrox hero Alexei Mikhailichenko.

Vuckic, 22, is currently on loan at Ibrox from Newcastle United, and took his goal tally for the club to five after a brace against Cowdenbeath today.

Rangers run out 4-1 winners on Saturday, making it two wins in a row for McCall, and Vuckic's two late goals as a substitute wrapped up all three points for Rangers, meaning they now sit level on points with second placed Hibernian in the Scottish Championship table.

Slovenian youngster Vuckic is the only one of the five Newcastle loanees at Rangers to have made any impact so far, and his performances for the club could put him in the shop window ahead of this summer's transfer window.

Vuckic doesn't appear to have much of a future at Newcastle, but that hasn't stopped manager McCall heaping praise on his promising forward.

In a post-match interview with the Rangers official website, McCall admitted that Vuckic reminded him of his former Rangers team mate Mikhailichenko.

"I've said before 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. He did that," said McCall.

"I know he was slightly disappointed not to start today but he realised the result we had at Easter Road last week. We said we would get him on for at least half an hour and he was a good sub to have at that stage when they are tiring because he's got great ability. So again it's food for thought next week now," he added.

Mikhailichenko, who earned two caps for Ukraine, joined Rangers from Sampdoria back in 1991 and spent five years at the club before retiring, and became something of an Ibrox cult hero after scoring 24 goals in 134 games for the club.

Vuckic has some way to go before he can emulate Mikhailichenko, but it's huge praise from McCall, who of course played alongside the Ukrainian in the early 1990's.

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