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48,568 see former Newcastle player make history at Rangers

6 years ago

48,568 were in attendance to see Rangers return to the Scottish Premier League after a five year absence.

A 1-0 win over Dumbarton pushed Rangers 17 points clear with only four matches to play, meaning they are guaranteed to be top of the Scottish Championship and thus get automatic promotion.

After Newcastle’s close links with the Glasgow club via Mike Ashley’s involvement/interference, it was apt that it was former Newcastle defender James Tavernier who scored the goal that secured promotion.

The Rangers full-back scoring an impressive 13 goals so far this season, as he enjoy life north of the border.

Tavernier made only two Premier League appearances as a substitute for Newcastle, plus a number of starts in both the domestic cups and Europa League.

As well as Mike Ashley’s off the pitch dealings with Rangers, we also saw the farcical loan of five players from Newcastle last season, with only Haris Vuckic having any significant impact.

It remains to be seen whether Newcastle potentially ending up in the Championship will have any knock-on effect with regard to Ashley’s involvement at both clubs, with the lower league having a stricter approach compared to the Premier League, with regard to having influence at more than one club.


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