Rangers have admitted that four of the five Newcastle loan players are almost certainly never going to be seen by the Glasgow club’s fans in the remaining matches.

Manager Stuart McCall was talking about the strength of his squad and pointed out that his options aren’t as wide as first appears, due to the continuing absence of Kevin Mbabu. Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana and Remie Streete.

Speaking to the BBC, Stuart McCall:

“If you take the four lads from Newcastle, who probably won’t kick a ball for us, out of the equation, it’s not as big a squad as you’d imagine.”

The loan deals always looked a bit strange when taking into account three of the players were injured when the deal was done, then Remie Streete was crocked on his first appearance.

Rumours at the time 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.

McCall didn’t elaborate on why the four are unlikely to play for Rangers in the remaining matches, which is almost certain to stretch into the play-offs later in May. While nobody has confirmed exactly who is paying the wages for any or all of the five loan players.

Haris Vuckic produced another smart finish to earn Rangers a point against bottom club Livingston and at least he is getting the chance to sjow he has a future in football, though his level is clearly somewhere below the Premier League and above what looks a desperate second tier of Scottish football.

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  • No Brainer

    Shane Ferguson was at the villa game telling all who would talk top him that he would be fit for April so this seems strange.

  • mrkgw

    All should be recaled – immediately.

  • BillyfromConsett

    No Brainer  Any evidence for your belief that we’re paying their wages?

  • Mark Potter

    Should be recalled then or loaned to a club that will play them don’t see the point in them been there

  • No Brainer

    BillyfromConsett No Brainer None other than what Ferguson saying about his agent being peeved at getting nothing from the deal, as everything had been organised by Newcastle”. ( that includes their accommodation in Glasgow)
    It also makes sense given that the new executive at Rangers hasn’t cancelled the loan deals of the players who are injured which is what normally happens when injury curtails a players ability to play a loan player. 

    Yes this is something we should be really cheesed of with not only are we subsidising a club of racist nutters, in a p*sh poor league.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer BillyfromConsett Funny that, you were all for it when it happened.

  • Imatotnhesatot

    Racist nutters? And theyre not developing in any league if they arent playing are they? Oh i forgot, you have to be sitting on the bench of the reserves of a team going nowhere in the “greatest league in the world” to develope dont you. Who knows, they might even get a move to a team that play in a european competition. Or even to a big club, like Liverpool. They might even win something. At worst, they may get a move to a team with zero ambition. Oh wait…..

  • No Brainer

    Sickandtiredstill No Brainer BillyfromConsett NO i wasn’t please post a link to anything i have written suggesting that more bull from you again.

  • No Brainer

    Imatotnhesatot So send them on loan to a championship club I did not suggest that we should keep players at newcastle for the sake of it. I have watched a fair number Scottish games this season including attending celtic games and even those as champions of Scotlands Premier league would really struggle to be in with a chance alongside Derby M’boro Watford Bournemouth etc etc.

  • Imatotnhesatot

    Racist nutters??????
    What about Brentford? Had an execellent season, play good football under a decent coach….but wait! Didnt they sign one of their up and coming stars from Rangers? A boy who more talent in his toe than the entire “newcastle 5” put together!
    If they were playing week in week out, infront of 50,000 in a team that wasnt shackled by boardroom chaos for years, then there is no question it would aid theyre developement. And whos played a part in that chaos? Ashley.
    Your original comment smacks of ignorance, and bitterness. The fact youve been attending celtic park adds that wee touch of flavour.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Imatotnhesatot Doesn’t it just.
    The tumshie  has so many opinions, he can’t remember what they actually are or where he stands on any of them.

  • Imatotnhesatot

    I came on here hopin to find some sort of logical explination as to why my team would loan players that wont play, and why your team would loan out players they cant play, i wont even try to get my head round the fact we witnessed 5 of your players coming up here to “play” for us…but jesus!
    i guess i’ll find clarity under my KKK cape eh.

  • No Brainer

    Imatotnhesatot Can’t think of many more than Naismith of former rangers players tearing up the elite leagues of Europe mind from the last 10 years.
    As for racist nutters comment your following’s continuous singing of pretty awful sectarian chants seems to have that covered. My trips to parkhead and milan haven’t really coloured my view their singing to is seriously sick, and rather stupid as most of them are 4th, 5th generation brits themselves. I like to watch football I’ve also been to Hearts and Hibs this season too, working for Scots based newspaper company stopping in the hotel can be a bore but on occasion it would have been a better idea.

    The truth is Rangers have a big crowd because people follow a successful team but in reality the trophies have recently been nothing than a game of pass the parcel, your crowds have been decimated by the failure to win anything, success not competition is what you need to get big crowds again.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer Imatotnhesatot Ohhh, you’re working in the newspaper world again I see?
    Fantasist.

  • No Brainer

    Sickandtiredstill No Brainer Imatotnhesatot Where are you and I’ll let you now when i’m working in your area and you can meet me I work for multiple newspapers from the Western Isles to the south coast of England.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer Sickandtiredstill Imatotnhesatot I’ll meet you any night of the week, in town. That I would really look forward to.

  • No Brainer

    Sickandtiredstill No Brainer Imatotnhesatot we’ll I’m out with the lads most Monday’s will be at the Stirling house saltwell road at 8

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Imatotnhesatot As you’ve already found out, clarity and Ashley are never found in the same sentence.
    Despite any other views, my own is still that he sent them there and you are paying for them out of his loans, thereby making you more dependent on him. No doubt there is more spurious clauses involved and that’s why they haven’t been sent back here.
    Anyone saying that isn’t the case can for once actually post some factual links otherwise.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer Sickandtiredstill Imatotnhesatot
    It’s Monday now unless that passed you by. So, who do I ask for, other than Walter Mitty or Billy Liar?

  • No Brainer

    Sickandtiredstill No Brainer Imatotnhesatot When did i say i was not in the Northeast today You should rename yourself Thickandtiredstill. I wrote that satying in a hotel can be boring that doesn’t mean I’m in Edinburgh every day you fruit, this week the away days are Sheffield Wednesday then West Ferry Thursday in Luton.

    You want my full diary i’ll give you it tonight a*se wipe I train football to kids so always back in the NE for Thursday evening and working up here very friday for obvious reasons of wanting the weekend with the family.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer Sickandtiredstill Imatotnhesatot You, covering any form of story for a paper? Give over.
    Half your posts are unintelligible nonsense filled with typos and grammatical car crashes.
    One moment your building up and selling businesses. Then you’re a website traffic driver for The Mag.
    Looking forward very much to you calling me an [email protected]@e wipe to my face. But of course that will never happen.
    Walt.

  • No Brainer

    Sickandtiredstill No Brainer Imatotnhesatot That I use a phone for most of my posts with failing eyesight on a website gives a grey font on a grey background for mobile users ??????and sometimes after a few bottles of wine shouldn’t surprise anyone there are grammatical errors. 
    To your point you asked I’ve told you were to be but you won’t be there we both know that being contrary on here is your only communication with the world.

    I’m here for you
    Commercial management of newspapers is what I do, not writing, that includes everything from managing editorial risk, profitability, new business and closure of nonviable titles, marketing activity, press contracts logistics and newspaper sales activity.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer Sickandtiredstill Imatotnhesatot zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    Ok, Walt.
    I’ll certainly come along and confirm you are nowt but a fantasist. I’m easy to spot.

  • Greggy164

    Aye thanks Mr Ashley

  • Greggy164

    Its not that they wont be selected. 4 of them arent fit or anywhere near fit. As good as an ashtray on a motorbike.  Thats Ashley doing as a turn.

  • Greggy164

    Sickandtiredstill No Brainer Imatotnhesatot  Is that a square go organised?

    NoBrain willnae turn up. Hes a shitebag. Sick would demolish him. Easy

  • Greggy164

    Sickandtiredstill No Brainer Imatotnhesatot 
    Who won?

  • Greggy164

    No Brainer Imatotnhesatot  You can only think of Naismith. What about Lovenkrands, Arteta,Jelavic and Hutton?Without even thinking about it.

    Are you telling us you are a journalist? Nae chance. Your probably a driver for John Menzies ya ride.