Tuesday 25 October 2016

Vuckic unsure about future

Published 08/04/2015 | 16:51

On-loan Rangers playmaker Haris Vuckic is open to the prospect of a long-term move to Ibrox
On-loan Rangers playmaker Haris Vuckic is open to the prospect of a long-term move to Ibrox

Haris Vuckic admits he does not know where he will be playing next season - but believes Rangers would be a "good option" if Newcastle let him leave.

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The St James' Park youngster was one of five loanees sent to Glasgow by the Magpies on the final day of the January transfer window.

With Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Gael Bigirimana and Shane Ferguson all injured, the 22-year-old Slovenian is the only one to have made an impact at Ibrox.

Six goals in 10 games have made him an instant hit with the Gers faithful but Vuckic has denied reports suggesting he is ready to quit Newcastle this summer.

He still has another 12 months on his deal with the Barclays Premier League club and owner Mike Ashley is certain to play hard-ball with Rangers if they try to sign him early after his recent boardroom battle with Dave King.

But if a deal can be done, Vuckic would be happy to talk.

He said: "It's not true that I'm going to quit Newcastle and stay at Ibrox. What I have always said that I respect both clubs - Newcastle because I still have a contract with them and Rangers because I have a loan deal here.

"We will see what is going to happen in the summer but Newcastle have to say what options I have.

"I will choose the best one for me.

"If Newcastle let me go, would I like to stay at Rangers? That would be a good option for me.

"At Newcastle, I didn't have the chance to play first-team football. When I signed for Rangers I got that experience. I'm playing every week and scoring goals.

"If I can do that next season that would be a great option for me.

"I like the feel of Rangers. Every player doesn't want to just train on the training ground, they want to be recognised in the games and score goals. They want to be recognised in the city.

"At Newcastle I was playing Under-21 level which is not really my level. I feel I'm above that. I want to play first-team. I want to play with the men, not the kids.

"I want to be recognised if I do well and score goals - that's what players want."

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