An odd transfer window, even by Newcastle United standards, was topped off with five players heading up to Rangers on loan.
The day started with Davide Santon’s lass giving Mike Ashley stick for his treatment of the Italian defender who she said was being pushed out of St. James’ Park, simply to add further millions to the owner’s profits.
However, in the case of providing Rangers with half a new team until the end of the season, the Scottish FA may have a little more to say than even Santon’s partner.
In the meantime we will need to make do with the following statement released by Newcastle United confirming the five a side deal.
Newcastle United Official Club Statement
Newcastle United have agreed loan deals for five players to join Glasgow Rangers for the remainder of the 2014/15 season.
Those who will make the journey north to Ibrox are Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete and Haris Vuckic
Burundi-born Bigirimana, 21, joined United from Coventry in July 2012 and has made 26 first team appearances for the Magpies. This season, however, he has been a mainstay of Peter Beardsley’s table-topping under-21 side without featuring in the first team.
Ferguson, 23, has been sidelined this campaign thus far after suffering a knee injury in the early part of the season. The 17-times capped Northern Ireland international, who has 32 first-team games for Newcastle under his belt, spent the majority of last season on loan at Birmingham City.
Nineteen-year-old Mbabu is a Switzerland under-19 international who has yet to make the breakthrough to first team football but has impressed with a number of confident defensive displays at second-string level while Streete made his Football League debut with Port Vale earlier this season. The 20-year-old centre half has been on the bench for the first team this season but has yet to make his senior bow for United.
Vuckic is a 22-year-old Slovenian with one full international cap, which came against Scotland in 2012, to his name. He has enjoyed previous loan spells at Cardiff and Rotherham and has made 20 first team appearances for the Magpies, scoring once, since making his debut back in August 2009.