NUFC have been caught out a few times in the past after buying players via YouTube clips, but Rangers manager Stuart McCall has been impressed by on-loan Shane Ferguson after viewing his Wikipedia page.
With 23 games for Newcastle and 30 at Birmingham on loan, McCall is looking forward to seeing the Northern Irish international when he at last gets on the pitch for Rangers.
The Rangers boss says he has been impressed with what he has seen so far since Ferguson belatedly began training, plus after speaking to the player he has been heartened by his attitude.
“I went through his Wikipedia last night and I think he has played 23 games for Newcastle in the Premier and 30 for Birmingham. You don’t play that number unless you’ve got something about you.
“Shane has been out for five months but the good thing about him is his mental state. I spoke to him on Monday and I was really impressed. Do I get the impression he is he is here to play? Yes, definitely.”
Like the way he is talking:
“I liked the way he was talking as he wants to get straight into it. He is a naturally fit lad and seems really focused too. He trained really hard on Monday and on Tuesday and he is on his way to a quick recovery, which would be positive news for us.
“If our Under-20 game (at Dundee United) had not been on astroturf, he might have got an hour under his belt but if you have been out that long you’re going to need four to six weeks to get back on track. So he certainly won’t be ready in the next two weeks but hopefully he will play his part in the back end of the season.”
“I also spoke to Northern Ireland manager (and former Newcastle striker) Michael O’Neill about him.
“He’s filled in at left-back for them but probably his best position is one up on the left. He’s certainly a good crosser of the ball, he’s shown that in the sessions we have done.”