News today that Mike Ashley is ready to loan Rangers a handful of players from his other club Newcastle United.

Media reports north and south of the border say that up to four players are expected to make the journey to Glasgow on loan deals.

Haris Vuckic and Gael Bigirimana are the two getting name-checked with others also in the frame.

Rangers were forced to sell star player Lewis Macleod to Brentford in this transfer window to help keep their heads afloat a few more weeks and are badly in need of extra quality.

Currently sixteen points behind Hearts for the automatic promotion spot, Rangers do have two games in hand.

However, it looks as though they need to simply make sure they end up in the play-off positions and finish the season as strongly as possible.

Another season in the Scottish second tier won’t be in the business plan Mike Ashley or indeed anybody else connected with the Glasgow club.

Bigirimana promised much in his first season until frozen out by Alan Pardew, while Haris Vuckic looks to have some ability but certainly nowhere near mobile enough for the Premier League. It would be interesting to see just what kind of impact the pair and others could have if dropping down to the Scottish Championship.

This afternoon sees a reserve match with West Brom at 1pm with Obertan, De Jong, Gutierrez and Alnwick all set to figure. The late change to have the match played behind closed doors suggests it could also be used as a chance to parade certain players for a last gasp loan deal, to Rangers or wherever, to watching officials from other clubs.

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