JAMIE Mackie is ready to give QPR captain Park Ji-Sung a run for his money in a bid to wrestle back his first-team place.
Mackie has enjoyed nearly as many World Cup starts for Scotland as he has for Rangers this term, and admits he is ‘frustrated’ by his lack of game time.
The midfielder was inches from grabbing a point at Arsenal two weeks ago when he came on as sub, and was named first choice for only the third Premier League game on Sunday in the 1-1 draw at home to Reading.
The ex-Manchester United midfielder Park is suffering from knee trouble, and former non-league Mackie is determined to make the Korean wait on the bench like he has been forced to in recent times.
Mackie said: “I’m proud to be at QPR but I want to be playing games.
“Last season, I proved I should be in the side but unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity this time, and I’m very frustrated.
“If it was down to me I would be playing every week, but it’s not down to me.”
Boss Mark Hughes has also tried Shaun Wright-Phillips on the right side with indifferent success, although the Hoops boss has just as many problems up front in finding a lethal combination.