Reported earlier today that Mike Ashley was ready to loan Rangers a handful of players from his other club Newcastle United.

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

Haris Vuckic and Gael Bigirimana were the two getting name-checked with others also said to be in the frame.

However, Sky Sports have now reported that their Newcastle sources tell them that Rangers have a choice of 4 or 5 players from a list of 6.

While Bigi and Vuckic are indeed on the menu, the most surprising one has to be Facundo Ferreyra, the Argentine forward who hasn’t played a single minute for United in his six months on loan.

The other three making up the available half dozen are Curtis Good, Remie Streete and Swiss defender Kevin Mbabu.

Exactly how cash strapped Rangers would afford the kind of wages Chucky Ferreyra will be on is anybody’s guess…

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.