Are Rangers missing a trick not re-signing out-of-contract Newcastle United outcast Haris Vuckic

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha in the stands

The one-time Newcastle United wonderkid enjoyed the best spell of his career at Rangers.

Rangers' Haris Vuckic in action

After an impressive loan spell at Rangers in the 2014/15 season, it seemed one of English football’s enigmas had finally found his feet. Once at the centre of a continent-wide tug-of-war between Manchester United, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund, according to The Chronicle, it was at Ibrox where Haris Vuckic started to offer glimpses of his potential.

Benefitting from Mike Ashley’s controversial investment in the Ibrox club, the Slovenian midfielder swapped St James’ Park for Glasgow and netted nine times in 22 games in the Scottish second tier in 2014/15. Just for context, he’s only scored 15 goals in his entire career.

No wonder, then, Vuckic wanted to stay. According to Sky Sports, the then-22-year-old insisted that remaining at Ibrox would have been a ‘great option’ as he sought to unleash that infamous potential.

The concurrent return to Tyneside, however, brought with it only more instability and temporary exits.

But now, according to The Chronicle, Vuckic is finally set to escape Newcastle on a permanent basis. Out of contract at the end of the season, he is set to embark on a trial period at Dutch giants FC Twente in the hope of kick-starting his career in The Netherlands.

Vuckic

However, with Rangers lacking both goalscoring midfielders and funds, you could understand supporters perhaps wondering why they aren’t offering their former player a lifeline.

Emerson Hyndman is the club’s most prolific midfielder with four goals this season. And he’s only played eight times. Furthermore, the fact that Vuckic is available on a free means a return to the club appears a no-brainer on paper.

Haris Vuckic celebrates after scoring the second goal for Rangers

Yet, the fact that Vuckic has spent the last two seasons toiling in League One, starting just nine games for Wigan and Bradford, suggests he is fighting a losing battle in an attempt to avoid becoming another forgotten, one-time wonderkid.

If he’s no longer considered good enough for League One, why should Rangers take him back?

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