Ally McCoist welcomes Mike Ashley Newcastle loan deals to Rangers
Rangers manager Ally McCoist has welcomed the possibility of Newcastle United players heading north of the border on loan, following Mike Ashley’s increased involvement at the Glasgow club.
The Scottish FA attempted to prevent wholesale loans between clubs by putting in place rules limiting clubs to only five players on loan in a season, with only two of them allowed to be over 21 years of age and only two allowed from the same club.
However, Fifa’s position is that cross-border loans should be treated the same as permanent deals and so in reality there are no restrictions, just so long as loan deals happen during transfer windows. The loan system having been ruthlessly used by Vladimir Romanov when he was in charge at Hearts.
Asked about whether Rangers could look to use Mike Ashley to smooth the path for Newcastle players to arrive on loan, after having watched Newcastle’s midweek win over Manchester City Ally McCoist said;
“Listen, we are in no position not to look at every avenue.
“I saw all the (Man City v Newcastle) game, Newcastle have won the last three and that result against Manchester City was particularly impressive.
“If we were allowed to go and buy players then that would be ideal, but if not, the next best thing would be looking to players you could potentially take on loan, who would better your team and squad.”
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