Haris Vuckic: What has disappointed me about the Rangers fans

Newcastle loan star Vuckic was not pleased with how the Rangers fans treated Lee McCulloch during the 2-2 draw with Falkirk.

It was McCulloch who was partly at fault for Falkirk’s second goal of the day, but Vuckic has told the Evening Times that he was disappointed to see him booed for the rest of the game.

The on-loan Newcastle forward said: “It is always disappointing to hear supporters when they are booing their own team. But Lee is a professional and it won't affect him. He is a strong enough character to shake this off.”

McCulloch, 36, lost the ball on the half-way line to John Baird, who turned provider for Tom Taiwo to take Falkirk into a 2-0 lead. From then on, club captain McCulloch was booed by his own fans, even as the Gers fought back to secure a 2-2 draw, with the ageing defender almost netting a late goal.

Admittedly, it was only a small section of the Ibrox support, but it does not shine highly on them, with McCulloch one of the long-standing members of the Rangers side. He is a boyhood fan and was one of few top flight players to stay with the club following their liquidation and demotion to the fourth tier of Scottish football.

He did make a mistake which cost a goal, but surely it was not bad enough to warrant criticism of a player who has served the club so well for a number of years.

The criticism and booing was not deserved, but the mistake, and his overall performance may have proven that the ageing defender is no longer good enough to play on a consistent basis for the Light Blues, especially if they win promotion to the Premiership at the end of this campaign.

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