Haris Vuckic has hinted at leaving Newcastle if he is not offered chances of first-team football.
The 22-year-old said: “I feel I have improved as a player during the time that I have been at the club. It has been good for me and for my development to play regularly in the first team. It would be hard to go back to playing in the reserves or sitting on the bench.”
Considering his nine goals in 15 games, and the match-changing effect Vuckic has had upon the Rangers squad, it is hard to see why he has not been awarded chances at St James’ Park.
True, the difference in quality between the Scottish Championship and the English Premier League is vast, but the Slovenian forward has proven his goalscoring abilities, and finding the back of the net is the same regardless of division.
Since signing for the Tyneside club in 2009, Vuckic has made just 19 appearances for the Magpies, and has yet to impress. However, after his displays for Rangers, he surely deserves a chance.
He still has a year left on his contract, and considering the weakness in the attacking ranks of John Carver’s squad, it is hard to deny that he should be selected for first-team duty.
Yet, his past record does not look like that will happen, and that should worry Newcastle fans. If once again overlooked for selection, Vuckic is sure to force a move away, and it is hard to look past a return to Rangers, especially if they are in the Premiership next term.
Newcastle could lose one of their bright attacking talents at a fraction of his true value with just one year left on his contract, and whilst that is not great for the Tyneside club, it certainly is very welcome news to Rangers - the club most likely to benefit.