The Rangers CEO Derek Llambias has tonight denied what we had reported earlier today, that Kenny McDowall has been told to play the five players on loan from Mike Ashley’s other club Newcastle United.
Rangers CEO Derek Llambias
Rangers manager Kenny McDowall has said he has been told to play the Newcastle players by Derek Llambias Llambias and football Chairman Sandy Easdale.
Haris Vuckic, Remie Streete, Gael Bigirimana, Kevin Mbabu and Shane Ferguson are the players Newcastle (make that Mike Ashley) have sent on loan to Rangers for the rest of the season in an attempt to get Rangers promoted back to the Scottish Premier league.
This is what Llambias has told Sky Sports News tonight:
“There’s no way the board is picking the team.” “The basis of any loan deal is that the players who arrive bolster the side and give the squad more depth. That’s exactly what is happening here.”
Derek’s right in that the loaning clubs allow their players to go out on loan with an agreement they will play – all being well – otherwise they might as well stay at Newcastle.
But it’s never a certainly the players will play while on loan and it also depends on their form. whether they play.
It seems that Mike Ashley has almost complete control of Rangers, and has sent five players from Newcastle to Rangers in the final hours of the January transfer window on Monday night.
McDowall has also said he expects there will be no trouble from the other Rangers players to the new arrivals:
“That’s the nature of being at a big club,” he said. “There are always new players arriving at big clubs and it is something the players will have to deal with.”
“It is competition and it is up to them to work hard at training and look after their own standards.” “I would like to think the players would be professional and do their jobs. We will take it from there.”
“They are obviously good players – they play for Newcastle – but I will carry on and do what I am told to do.”
“I have been told what to do and I have told them I am more than happy to carry out what they have told me, so I don’t have a problem with it at all.”
It seems it’s an interpretation of things between Derek Llambias and Kenny McDowall, and certainly in the next few games we would expect all the Newcastle players would start for Rangers.
But at the moment Kevin Mbabu and Shane Ferguson are injured and will join the Scottish club when they are fit in a few weeks time.
The plot thickens at Rangers.
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