Craig Paterson suggests Newcastle United-owned Haris Vuckic is key for Rangers against Hibernian

Craig Paterson underlines the importance of Newcastle United-owned Haris Vuckic for Rangers against Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership playoffs.

Craig Paterson has told The Sun that the key to winning the Scottish Premiership playoff against Hibernian for Rangers would be to make the most of Haris Vuckic.

Attacking midfielder Vuckic has been superb for Rangers since his loan move to the Scottish giants from Premier League outfit Newcastle United in the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old has been among the goals and has also created chances, as the Gers look to return to the Scottish Premiership.

Stuart McCall’s side will take on Hibernian in the semi-finals of the playoffs, the first leg of which will be played at Ibrox in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Looking ahead to the match, former Rangers defender Paterson suggested that Newcastle-owned Vuckic is the key player for the Gers.

“Both Hibs and Rangers have top players — guys like Scott Allan and Haris Vuckic who have that bit of class,” the 55-year-old, who also played for Hibernian, told The Sun. “The key is to get the ball down, pass it and get these guys into areas where they can create.”

Vuckic has emerged as one of the more creative players in the Scottish Championship, and one suspects that he will be determined to maintain his current run of good form.

The first leg of the tie will be key. Hibernian are strong at home and are unlikely to lose in front of their own fans, which means that Rangers should win the first leg at Ibrox on Wednesday by at least two clear goals.

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