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Krul Back – Strong Newcastle Squad To Travel To Rangers

10:32 am, Monday, August 5th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

Rangers are a fantastic football club, who have won the Scottish League 54 times, the Scottish Cup 33 times, the Scottish League Cup 27 times and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup once.

But because of financial mismanagement, they are currently in the Scottish League One, which is the third tier of Scottish Football League, but will soon be back where they belong, and in the Scottish Premier League challenging their arch rivals Celtic.

Rangers

Rangers are yet another sad case of a football club spending money they just didn’t have, and it came back to bite them, as they went bankrupt, and were put back on the first rung of the ladder of Scottish League Football, and you have to feel sorry for their fans, who are some of the most passionate in the business.

So it’s good that Newcastle will play at Ibrox Stadium tomorrow night, because even though they are down at the moment, the Scottish club still have enormous prestige.

And Alan Pardew will take a strong squad north of the border and the Newcastle manager had this to say today:

“I think whenever you play Rangers you are in for a special occasion in terms of the history and heritage of the club plus the quality of the opposition.”

“In recent years, the last two anyway, it has been difficult for Rangers but they still carry fantastic prestige and we are proud to play them.”

“It is a fixture I am really looking forward to as I have not been involved in a game in Glasgow as a manager.” “It is a good opportunity for my players to show what they can do.”

“And it will be a tough game for Rangers because we will be bringing our top team.” “I expect Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko all to play at Ibrox along with Fabricio Coloccini, and Tim Krul probably as well.”

“It will probably be my strongest team of the pre-season which I field.”

With Newcastle owner Mike Ashley owning just less than 10% of the famous Scottish club, don’t be surprised if this becomes a regular pre-season fixture for Newcastle, and that would seem to be good for both clubs.

Pardew’s starting line-up could give us some idea as to who will be starting at Manchester City in two weeks time, and it will be interesting to see if Moussa Sissoko starts again in defensive midfield, in preference to Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote.

Also local lad Paul Dummett could get another chance to make a claim for the left-back spot, although he has lots of competition from the impressive Italian International Davide Santon.

It should be a good test for our lads tomorrow night.

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26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 prashanth // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    first?
    Remy!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 2 The puppy formerly known as prince // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Well ne thing for sure, what ever wages Remy asks for he gets – apparently he doesn’t take NO for an answer!

  • 3 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    @SkySportsNews: Sky sources: QPR striker Loic Remy travelling to Newcastle for a medical #SSN

  • 4 Hatem's better than Messi // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Kinnear said he wanted Remy to see the set up at NUFC so it could be just a sightseeing trip … hope he signs though.

    He´s better than Gomis and Bent.

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Hopefully they’ll be back in the CL soon enough so Mikey boy can sell up and take his circus with him !

  • 6 The puppy formerly known as prince // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    ne = one

  • 7 jamesnufc86 // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Yes, hopefully Remy will get the ball rolling, thank god, what will be the terms of the loan ? What I he scores 20 goals this season then Spurs or someone bids for him ? Hopefully we will get first option, don’t really know how it works, will we safeguard ourselves, we didn’t with Ba

  • 8 ToonDanno // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Jazzyp- were signing a great player on loan. I don’t need to say anything just be happy it’s happening

  • 9 Hatem's better than Messi // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    How we are going to get him to accept a pay cut is another thing … give him a Wonga loan application form so he can make up the difference?

  • 10 prashanth // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Gignac must be a barsteward child of Kinnear… makes a hole and claims it is a statement… “We talked about Newcastle but even if it was Real Madrid my response would have been the same; I want to do better with OM.”

  • 11 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Melbourne,
    Maybe, but the only people who seem to see Santon as a winger now are fans. None of his coaches seem to share the view with the player also stating recently that Left back was his best position. Yes, the lad can run past players, but there is a lot more to being a good winger then running past players.

    At the minute, Obertan is our best winger, as I don’t think we have any other first team wingers. Just players who can fill a shirt there.

  • 12 jazzyp // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Toondanno-You are quite correct mate.you have had enough stick on here to last a life time.
    I just hope its not a loan for the season and with a view to a permanent move !!

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    JamesNUFC,
    Even if we had first option, it is still up to Remy. First option is with the club. The player can then say no if he has wind of other clubs interested in him which if he is successful enough for us to part with 7million there will be.

  • 14 wynsleap // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Jail for Ashley @ 5
    And so say all of us!!

  • 15 jazzyp // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Prashanth
    the company had work in cantebury and bay of plenty last year and were getting paid silly money due to the vast amount of work that is required to re build.
    The only downfall in this is that I will have to for go match day at nufc for a 6 month.

  • 16 Rainrix // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Lil…. I think to be fair to santon he was improving his return in the latter half of the season. 2 Assists against chelsea a goal vs wigan and that own goal against southampton which was his doing. Not the best return in the world but considering he didn’t contribute anything in his 1st season (that i can remember) its an improvement.

  • 17 ToonDanno // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Haha I know not very liked on here. As far as I know it’s depends wether qpr are promoted or not. Hopefully a season here will make him want to stay

  • 18 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Remy coming to newcastle :) . Get Ashley to fire up FIFA ;)

  • 19 melbourne geordie // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Lilongwe. You make a fair point with Obertan (don’t mind him late in a game) and with me now pondering Marveaux out wide as well, I’m starting to fear that I’m thinking we have strength in depth ! Maybe it’s just the board, the coach and the Director of Football that needs an overhaul ; )

  • 20 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Rain,
    Improving,yes, I’d expect that of someone in their second season in the Prem. I’m not having a go at Santon, I just don’t get this fixation people seem to have with him being a winger.

  • 21 jazzyp // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Toondanno
    its not that your not liked at all bud. its just people on here have high expectations for nufc, And any snippets of information that is given out that raises fans hopes that is not to be true tends to get peoples backs up.
    Just a polite assessment mate that’s all.

  • 22 jazzyp // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Lilongwe
    Mourinho sees santon as a future world class defender.
    That’s good enough for me !!

  • 23 Hebburn Mag // Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Its hard not to be angry and bitter towards the Loic Remy situation because lets face it, he turned us down in January for more money and nothing more. But I think as soon as he signs and starts scoring goals that will all change. If it is a season long loan that he signs on then surely we will have told QPR that we want first choice to make the deal permanent after all if he comes and scores 15/20 goals plus then we wont want to loose the chance to sign him on a permanent basis. Now that he is coming in (hopefully) I hope that we are still pushing a deal through for Gomis but at the end of the day we have been lacking substantial fire power since Demba Ba left.

  • 24 marcotoon // Aug 5, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    You forgot to mention the fact they were liquidated,died and are now called sevco 5088,are only associate league members,the board and the team are in chaos,the police are investigationg all sorts of financial irregularities and are now a tribute act.
    Mike Ashley and Charles Green should be banned from ruining football clubs for their own financial gain.
    Anyway I just can’t stand people or organisations who don’t pay their taxes, Remy should be a good signing KTF

  • 25 AndyMac // Aug 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Sitting on the fence again Marcotoon :)

    Also are you actually in Malawi, Lilongwe Geordie ?

  • 26 John Tudor // Aug 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    hello




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