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Where are they now? The “Newcastle Five” who joined Rangers on loan in 2015

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They were dubbed the “Newcastle Five” - a quintet of fringe and youth players sent on the short journey north from St James’ Park to Ibrox in early 2015, at the time Sports Direct supremo and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley - who had a 8.92 per cent stake in Rangers International Football Club - was floating the idea of securing a £10 million loan for the club using Ibrox stadium as security.

After his spell at Rangers - during which he didn’t make a single first-team appearance as he battled illness - he returned to Coventry on an emergency loan in November 2015, with the deal being extended until the end of the 2015/16 season.



Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete and Haris Vuckic all joined on loan without undergoing medicals, with Rangers caretaker boss Kenny McDowall claiming at the time that he was told he had to play all five players.



It emerged the following month that, should Rangers secure promotion to the Scottish Premiership, they would have to pay £500,000 to Newcastle.

Bigirimana and Mbabu didn’t appear for Rangers in any capacity.

He later signed a one-year deal with the Sky Blues after cancelling his Newcastle contract, and finished his spell at the Ricoh Arena having made 52 appearances and scored twice.

The Burundi international made 28 appearances for Coventry before joining Newcastle in time for the 2012/13 season.
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