Rangers manager Stuart McCall has surprisingly announced that Newcastle loan player Shane Ferguson could still play this season for the Glasgow club.

The medical staff at Rangers have been liaising with their Newcastle counterparts and the Northern Irish winger/full-back has started training at United and is expected up in Glasgow next week.

“I have not spoken to anyone at Newcastle but the doc has and physios have, I think he’s coming up with two weeks of training under his belt and is due up next week.

“As I’ve said before, that will have him been out for I think six months, he got the injury in October and the operation in November.”

Looking forward to working with Shane Ferguson

“If he has only done two weeks training you would imagine, unless he is one of these lads who is really fit and can come straight back into it, will need at least three or four under 20s games, but we’ll see when he comes up.”

“When I first got the job I was looking forward to working with him because I do know of him.

Getting up to speed:

“I saw him at Birmingham and at Newcastle, but when you have been out with a knee injury for five or six months, it is difficult to get up to speed as quickly as we need.

“Listen though, if he comes in next week and is ready to train and impresses then obviously he is one who will come in for consideration.”

On the other hand, Newcastle’s Kevin Mbabu has picked up yet another injury which rules him out of the Rangers match tonight against Queen of the South.

Along with Remie Streete and Gael Bigirimana, Mbabu is one of nine players unavailable to McCall at the minute.