You have to feel sorry for the Newcastle loan players who have been thrown into the poisonous situation at Rangers.

A real state of civil war exists at the Glasgow club with a meeting of shareholders scheduled in early March to try and remove the Mike Ashley backed board.

After the Rangers manager stated he’d been ordered to play all the Newcastle loan players if fit, all eyes were on the team selection for today’s fifth round cup match against Raith Rovers.

Shane Ferguson and Kevin Mbabu were already ruled out through injury but Haris Vuckic and Remie Streete both started, though there was no sign of Gael Bigirimana even on the bench.

Whether he is injured or the Rangers hierarchy had ordered the manager NOT to play him to prove a point, is unknown.

A goalless first half saw Remie Streete forced off just before the break with what is reported to be a groin injury.

Rangers then fell behind after 54 minutes before the one positive saw Haris Vuckic equalising eight minutes later, only for Christian Nade to strike the winner for the visitors on 75 minutes. Raith are currently 12 points below Rangers in the Scottish second tier.

A disastrous result for Rangers and the match was played out in front of a sparse 11,422 spectators, with fans boycotting and demonstrating against the board outside the ground.

I feel sorry for the Newcastle loan players who are being used as pawns in this total mess by Mike Ashley.