The breaking news this morning north of the border sees Rangers having to pay Newcastle United £500,000 if the Glasgow club are promoted.

The clause in the deal that took five Newcastle loan players to Rangers has been kept secret until now, but with the Scottish club issuing interim financial results the shock potential payment has been made public.

The total prize money for finishing second is only £342,000! Meaning that Ranger would be out of pocket even if they went up, purely in terms of prize money.

The audacious inclusion of this clause is sure to add fuel to the fire as to just how loaded previous arrangements have been in favour of Mike Ashley and Newcastle United.

Rangers were always certain to be at least in the play-offs with or without any signings in January, with a very good chance of progressing upwards regardless of any help.

With only Haris Vuckic playing any kind of meaningful part so far for Rangers, the idea of a potential half a million bonus for Ashley/NUFC will look outrageous to most.

With all the revelations in recent days about no medicals when the loan players signed in January and Gael Bigirimana’s situation, this bonus made public is the cherry on the cake.

Revealing losses of £2.89m for the six months up to 31 December 2014, the interim Chairman of Rangers Paul Murray:

“The new directors have been in place only a matter of weeks but have already started to repair the damage caused through recent years of neglect and disrespect for this club, its people and its history.

“The mismanagement of the club in recent years has been simply staggering.

“As the Interim Accounts prove, the new board has inherited major problems but while campaigning for change we all knew the club would be in need of major restructuring and repair on all fronts.”

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  • No Brainer

    Good it seems we are not being shafted after all seems a sensible inclusion when you consider the massive increase in revenue which will head rangers way after promotion.
    You can’t blame nufc for the sfa not allowing Gael to play or street e’s injury even for that matter Vukoc’s goals

  • Geordie Larter

    Robert Armstrong

  • Maximus Moose

    No Brainer We dont get the money Pal the Fat Scumbag does !!

  • Karl Armstrong

    #IAWT

  • Jamie Swan

    George McLean – this can’t be true?

  • LeazesEnder

    Has Ashley been spending United’s money on Rangers?…. is that the missing £28.5 million in the accounts?

  • No Brainer

    Maximus Moose No Brainer Of course your right, its in the accounts, the dividends he has been paying himself each year. Cannot remember how much that comes to now? maybe Chis Holt can let us know?

    Last week it was reported that nufc had spent a net plus of £2m per year on average more on players than they have recouped from sales since ashley took over.

    That needs a sharp increase this summer

  • Phildene

    Would think 8 years of TV money + tranfer dealings + gate money = MILLIONS into his account/pocket that’s hes now worth £4.5 BILLION

  • Demented_Man

    Absolutely unbelievable.  Rangers fans must really love Newcastle.

  • NUFC9

    1957  True, Facundo Ferreyra, Nacho Gonzalez, ……..
    I think Remy was injured when we signed him too.

  • NoSurrender

    What deals will this guy have in place at Newcastle when he does get round to selling your club. Even if it is a deal done out of spite at Rangers I couldn’t see this bloke walking away from your club without a lot more than he deserves.

  • Jamie Swan

    Ashley is scum – can’t believe anyone would have him involved in their club. He does not represent us – he blights us. Apologies from the real NUFC

  • George McLean

    I would dearly love your support to prise this excuse of a human beings claws from your great club

  • Chemical Dave

    Spot on mate, the interest free loan will be the stick he eventually beats us with yet the gormless down here keep suggesting the club is financially “sound”.

  • Jamie Swan

    Claws are in too deep. False accounts out yesterday, it was expected that we had made 50m profit for last season due to TV etc. Amazingly it’s been released by the club as 18.5m, with operational costs going up 30m last season from the previous season (even though wages were down). Still even if it were true it’s a healthy profit, however the £129m loan he put into the club, interest free and out if the goodness if his stone cold heart has still not had a penny paid off it – in 8 years. Not one bean.The guy has us by the short and curlies.

  • No Brainer

    NoSurrender No Surrender, now where have i seen that moniker before? Is it not the motto of Northern Irish terrorists?

  • No Brainer

    “The new directors have been in place only a matter of weeks but have already started to repair the damage caused through recent years of neglect and disrespect for this club, its people and its history.
    “The mismanagement of the club in recent years has been simply staggering.
    “As the Interim Accounts prove, the new board has inherited major problems but while campaigning for change we all knew the club would be in need of major restructuring and repair on all fronts.”
    Looks like quote straight out of lambias’s were great the guys before us where the messy ones text book.
    Anyone know how much rotherham paid for tavernier and vukic’s loan last year i bet it was at least the same as the money for the five nufc players. Remember Fergie says he is fit, Streete got injured playing for them, Bigirimana would be able to play in england but isn’t in scotland (sfa rules) that can only really mean he has a blood condition which is potentially contagious or a heart/organ condition with scottish football’s inability to provide facilities at the ground, (why don’t either club just tell us)
    But most of all vukic’s contribution is worth a whole lot more than the sub £600K that it will have cost them when promoted

  • George McLean

    Tragic stuff Jamie

  • NoSurrender

    it’s also the name of a Bruce Springsteen song and it’s been used throughout history by many people. Thanks for your insight though nobrainer.

  • NoSurrender

    The point is Ashley does not care about your club, my club or anyone’s club. I’m not trying to wind anyone up, I’m sure most nufc fans see the bigger picture, you couldn’t really miss him could you?

  • A lex

    Just another clause inserted to ensure Rangers ( courteously agreed by previous Board lackey Llambias) spend his loan money as quick as possible.

  • stepaylor

    As a NUFC supporter i can only say that i am embarrassed by this and apologise on behalf of NUFC supporters to our friends in Glasgow for the despicable way things are working out. Hopefully, in ten years from now we can all look back and laugh about it but right now laughing is far from either of our faces.

    ASHLEY OUT

  • stepaylor

    No Brainer if they are paying loan fees then a bonus of half a million if they are promoted on top is not just excessive it is outrageous. No way the board at Rangers would have agreed to this in the best interests of Rangers. Which is entirely the point.

  • stepaylor

    Demented_Man im fairly sure they have no ill  feeling toward us as fans. Infact i think we have bonded somewhat in our mutual hatred of Ashley and the disrespect he has shown our clubs.

  • DownUnderMag

    I don’t think we the fans of NUFC should be apologising for anything, we have done no wrong other than be saddled with the fat oaf as well, more condolences and joint sympathy I think is in order than apologies.

    One thing is that I do actually feel sorry for the Rangers fans.  They are being subjected to some awful rubbish by our fuhrer in the power struggle.  Basically they were loaned five players who have little chance of playing (other than Vukic) while they are paying their wages (or at least a considerable amount towards them) and then to add to the indignity, if they do manage to get promoted they basically end up out of pocket because they have to pay NUFC more than what the first place prize money actually is??  Wow!

  • Tadger

    Typical engineered  Cashley move, although the good news for Newcastle is we can buy that big name forward now we will be awash with surplus funds that do not involve TV money, that has to go Mr A because remember he gave himself an IOU for 129 million quid and our year end results say its still in his left pocket.

  • newcastle7

    Rangers got the five loan players on the cheap so it is not unfair or uncommon for such clauses to be inserted in contracts.
    It happens all the time such as an add on clause if a team wins the league or get’s promoted.
    If any of the five players help Rangers get promoted they will more than recoup th money with bigger crowds against Celtic and T.V. Money.If Vuckic gets the winner in the play off’s let’s make it two million as that would be fair.Ashley to soft.

  • DownUnderMag

    newcastle7 they got them on the cheap but they haven’t bloody played for them lol

  • Greggy164

    Its a scandal. Llambias was working for Rangers best interests?