It looks like the five Newcastle players who were dispatched to Rangers on Monday night did have a choice as to whether they wanted to go north and play for the Scottish giants, who are coming back to the Scottish Premier League and European competition, although that may take another season or two to achieve.
Gael Bigirimana scoring his goal against Wigan in late 2012
Ode to joy
Two of the Newcastle players have been interviewed in the local papers today, and they both said it was up to them as to whether they wanted to go out on loan to the Glasgow club.
And it seems that they jumped at the chance, because of the great history and phenomenal fan support of Rangers FC.
This is what 21 year-old defensive midfielder Gael Bigirimana, who played 25 times for the Newcastle first team in his first season at the club, had to say:
“No, it wasn’t like we didn’t have a choice. It was up to us and saw the history of the club and how passionate the fans are.”
“It’s similar to Newcastle and we thought this is the right step for our careers, individually and for the future.” “With the situation the club is in, we know where it should be and our goal is to help the team get back to that.”
“Everybody is different and sometimes when you speak to another player, he says he’s thinking of going to a different place.”
“There were other teams there and there were other options but we just felt this doesn’t happen often with five players going to on loan to the same club.”
“It was something that felt right for us to do and we came to our decision. It was the right thing and we are really excited.”
We don’t know if Remie Street will be allowed to stay on loan, since this will be the third club he has played for this season.
Remie was on loan to Port Vale, and has played a number of times for the Newcastle U21 side, and his case seems similar to Ben Arfa’s – who was not allowed to play for Nice this season, after playing for Hull City and once for the Newcastle U21 side.
The is what talented 20 year-old center-back had to say:
“We found out a couple of days before the window shut if I’m honest, Newcastle left it with us.” “Rangers wanted to sign us on loan and Newcastle wanted us to sign on loan but they left it down to us.”
“The fact there were a few of us coming up was a factor because it makes it easier to settle.” “I can only speak for myself because I’m not sure about the other lads’ situations, but there were a few clubs I could have signed for.”
“But the support Rangers get and the crowds and passion for the club were factors in me signing here.” “I can’t speak for the others but that made me want to come here and it’s a new challenge as well.”
Rangers fans are not sure what’s happening at their club, but they shouldn’t worry too much.
We don’t know what’s happening at Newcastle either, and that’s been the case for a few years now under Mike Ashley.
But in truth, it doesn’t look good for Rangers, because it now looks like Mike Ashley is in (complete) control of the Scottish club – if he can do things like this.
For Rangers FC that’s not good, and that’s the bad news.
However, the Rangers’ finances could be a lot better under Mike Ashley and Derek Lambias, and they fixed the Newcastle finances, which are now one of the best in the Premier League, although Mike will not spend enough money to build up the squad.
We don’t know what the quality of the Rangers playing squad will be down the road.
With the Newcastle squad, it’s been second priority on Tyneside to the finances under Ashley’s iron grip.
Anyway, on the bright side, these Newcastle lads are good players, and should be able to help the club reach promotion back to the SPL this season.
That’s the good news.
We are hoping that’s exactly what happens – and certainly the five lads seem to be very motivated and could be a like a breath of fresh air to Rangers.
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