Stuart McCall: 'Quality' Rangers star Haris Vuckic is now fighting for his place

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Stuart McCall has praised Haris Vuckic, but admitted that the Slovenian is fighting for his place.

Rangers manager Stuart McCall has told the club's official website that Haris Vuckic is fighting for his place in the starting line-up.

Vuckic, 22, joined Rangers on loan from Newcastle on deadline day in February, and will stay in Glasgow until the end of the season having struggled to break into the Newcastle side.

So far, the Slovenian forward has made a real impression at Ibrox, and his two goals in the 4-1 win over Cowdenbeath mean he has now scored five goals for Rangers.

Yet, McCall has left Vuckic on the bench in the last two games, which finished in wins against Hibernian and Cowdenbeath as momentum builds under the new manager.

Admittedly, his initial drop out of the side was down to injury, and despite his goals, McCall has stuck with Dean Shiels in midfield since Vuckic's return.

McCall discussed the situation on the Rangers official website, and whilst he praised Vuckic as 'quality', he did also add that the player is now fighting for his place in the team after Shiels took his place.

"Haris is not only a good quality player but he also adds a goal threat that is five goals he’s got for us now," he said. "He is a smashing lad and he gets out and trains hard and enjoys it.

"I had a word with him before Cowdenbeath and I think he understood that we played so well at Easter Road that I was going to go with the same midfield three. He is fighting for his place now and adding goals to the team is a vital aspect for us," added McCall.

Rangers face Hearts at home this weekend, and will be looking to pile the pressure on Hibernian in second place - and after his brace against Cowdenbeath, Vuckic will be full of confidence, and will be expecting to start the game.

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