Rangers have admitted that four of the five Newcastle loan players are almost certainly never going to be seen by the Glasgow club’s fans in the remaining matches.

Manager Stuart McCall was talking about the strength of his squad and pointed out that his options aren’t as wide as first appears, due to the continuing absence of Kevin Mbabu. Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana and Remie Streete.

Speaking to the BBC, Stuart McCall:

“If you take the four lads from Newcastle, who probably won’t kick a ball for us, out of the equation, it’s not as big a squad as you’d imagine.”

The loan deals always looked a bit strange when taking into account three of the players were injured when the deal was done, then Remie Streete was crocked on his first appearance.

Rumours at the time swayed between Mike Ashley using Newcastle players to subsidise Rangers, with the alternative suggesting that by adding the five to the Glasgow club’s wage bill, it would help burn through Ashley’s loans to Rangers more quickly and make them even more beholding to him.

McCall didn’t elaborate on why the four are unlikely to play for Rangers in the remaining matches, which is almost certain to stretch into the play-offs later in May. While nobody has confirmed exactly who is paying the wages for any or all of the five loan players.

Haris Vuckic produced another smart finish to earn Rangers a point against bottom club Livingston and at least he is getting the chance to sjow he has a future in football, though his level is clearly somewhere below the Premier League and above what looks a desperate second tier of Scottish football.

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