An odd transfer window, even by Newcastle United standards, was topped off with five players heading up to Rangers on loan.

The day started with Davide Santon’s lass giving Mike Ashley stick for his treatment of the Italian defender who she said was being pushed out of St. James’ Park, simply to add further millions to the owner’s profits.

However, in the case of providing Rangers with half a new team until the end of the season, the Scottish FA may have a little more to say than even Santon’s partner.

In the meantime we will need to make do with the following statement released by Newcastle United confirming the five a side deal.

Newcastle United Official Club Statement

Newcastle United have agreed loan deals for five players to join Glasgow Rangers for the remainder of the 2014/15 season.

Those who will make the journey north to Ibrox are Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete and Haris Vuckic

Burundi-born Bigirimana, 21, joined United from Coventry in July 2012 and has made 26 first team appearances for the Magpies. This season, however, he has been a mainstay of Peter Beardsley’s table-topping under-21 side without featuring in the first team.

Ferguson, 23, has been sidelined this campaign thus far after suffering a knee injury in the early part of the season. The 17-times capped Northern Ireland international, who has 32 first-team games for Newcastle under his belt, spent the majority of last season on loan at Birmingham City.

Nineteen-year-old Mbabu is a Switzerland under-19 international who has yet to make the breakthrough to first team football but has impressed with a number of confident defensive displays at second-string level while Streete made his Football League debut with Port Vale earlier this season. The 20-year-old centre half has been on the bench for the first team this season but has yet to make his senior bow for United.

Vuckic is a 22-year-old Slovenian with one full international cap, which came against Scotland in 2012, to his name. He has enjoyed previous loan spells at Cardiff and Rotherham and has made 20 first team appearances for the Magpies, scoring once, since making his debut back in August 2009.



  • supermacsnewname

    why do we still bother? Quite frankly I’m reaching the point of giving up – sadly it’s not my club any more, it’s just a rich man’s money earner

  • supermacsnewname

    Jackie bony lass you rsound like me at my peak – a combination of Ben Arfa in the tackle and the sublime skills of Tiote
    ‘night all

  • A lex

    Can Rangers suddenly afford the salaries of 5 guys from English football?
    Hope the journos and both FA’s can ensure clarity /transparency here to ensure NUFC are getting something out of it, and it’s not a cross-subsidy between two companies controlled by the same person.

  • DownUnderMag

    A lex wages won’t be an issue since they are only youth players…not to mention it would be interesting to see whether they are even paying any wages at all or they are just a gift from Ashley to further in-debt the club to him in his plans to take over Rangers and get the easy route to Champions League publicity – no doubt given you can’t advertise your own company Rangers will then find themselves playing in the Sports Direct Arena while have that logo on their shirts too…

    I hope someone is looking into Ashley on this and if there a conflict of interests.  If he cared about the football then fine, but using them as a money making scam then it doesn’t sit right.

  • A lex

    Well, if it were youth players then I’d accept your point. But we’re talking Vukic,; Bigi and especially Ferguson here – plenty of first team and international experience in these three. Id suggest that, compared to Scottish salaries, they may be on a relatively decent wedge.
    But, definitely need an understanding to see if NUFC are subsidising their wages. That’s a clear abuse of power.

  • DownUnderMag

    A lex hit the nail exactly, if we are subsidising the players then I can bet the rest of the division up there will be non too pleased.  Even more interesting will be if they do OK, what happens in the summer and if they move there permanently…and for how much??

  • Steve1221

    Whether we’re subsidising the wages or not they weren’t part of the first team plans here so they may as well be getting game time somewhere.

  • Brownale69

    wonder who is in “charge” of the players? Who makes the decisions on get rid/keep/lend out?

  • Jarmin Geordie

    After seeing the Rangers game on Sunday they should all at least get game time (unlike some previous loans) but I don’t think 2nd tier Scottish football is the way to forward their careeers

  • A lex

    Jarmin Geordie These 5 have all but been written off by NUFC, and that is probably a fair decision, to be honest. However, the double-edged sword is the ludicrously long deals handed out to keep these ‘promising youngsters’. You win some, but you lose more.

  • Steve1221

    A lex Jarmin Geordie Ferguson, Vuckic and Streete are definitely write offs but I can still see Bigirimana having a future, like Abeid last season he needs game time. Mbabu I don’t know much about. As for the long term contracts I certainly wish Aarons was on one.

  • 1Flyingmag

    Ashley! He absolutely has to get Rangers promoted so they can qualify for Europe in 2016. He’s after Champions League advertising for SD. That’s why he won’t put us on the market until 2016. He wants Rangers to have annual Champions League qualification. The cost of players he currently buys for Newcastle would be like Rangers having the world at their feet. He will make Rangers dominate the SFPL for a very nominal cost.

  • mrkgw

    The FA and SFA need to look very, very closely at this. Something just isn’t right – and I don’t just mean Ashley.

  • Toonbadger

    A lex  I don’t think Rangers are paying their wages, I think NUFC are, either way it is still his money whoever pays them