The 29-year-old scored five goals in 32 league appearances for Reading while on loan from Nottingham Forest, but fans who had hoped the Scottish international would stay in Berkshire were disappointed when recently-relegated QPR snapped up the man who had previously spent three years with the R's. However, this was to a tepid reaction from QPR fans.
Nevertheless, Mackie believes not only is he a better player than his previous stay in Shepherds Bush but also that the 'Super Hoops' kit is better than the Royals'. He told Get West London that it "didn't feel quite right" to run out in the hoops of the side who donned the blue-and-white for the first time way back in 1871. Even so, the 2015/16 QPR kit doesn't even have hoops all the way round, something which Mackie admits he prefers.
Either way, Mr. Mackie will have the chance to do his talking on the pitch when the two sides meet on December 5 at the Madejski Stadium, and following these comments one can expect to see the generic kissing-the-badge celebration should the Scot inevitably score against his old club. In the mean time Rangers begin their pre-season campaign against Shakhtar Donetsk on Saturday, before playing AS Monaco, Al Ittihad, Dundee United, Newport County, and Chievo Verona. No, me neither.