Rangers say they are ‘stunned’ by the international call-up for Newcastle loan player Shane Ferguson.
The United winger/full-back was part of what looks an increasingly bizarre five part loan between the club that he owns and the one where he has/had massive influence.
Haris Vuckic has played a handful of matches for Rangers, Remie Street a few minutes before getting crocked, whilst the other three players have been permanently injured since the loan arrangement.
With maybe Shane Ferguson the strangest one of the loan deals, considering he was already long-term injured when Ashley made the arrangement.
Now Manager Stuart McCall, who has never even met Shane Ferguson since he took the Rangers job, says he is ‘stunned’ that the winger/full-back has been called up by Northern Ireland.
With the biggest irony being that Northern Ireland’s upcoming friendly is against…Scotland, only five miles away from Ibrox at Hampden Park.
John Carver has previously commented that Shane Ferguson is ‘almost ready’ to get involved with Rangers but the player has still to set foot inside the club.
Stuart McCall speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times:
“Obviously he (Shane Ferguson) is contracted to us but as far as I was concerned, he was going to be out for a fair length of time, when I spoke to the doc when I came in here. He has certainly not been up here so, yeah, I was a bit stunned.
“There might be reasons for it, there might be… has he been quoted or anything or has he just been named in it and that’s it? It might be down to, I don’t know, his confidence, being part of the squad, being involved in it.
“I have not (heard anything from Newcastle) since I have been here. I have left that to the medical team and all I am aware of is that he is a long way away from playing football.”
Rumours at the time of the loan deals 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.