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Llambias Involved In Rangers’ Controversy – The Plot Thickens

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.

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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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26 comments so far

  • ZIPPIE57

    Feb 5, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #1

    we will never know the truth at either club they are simply Cash Cows to Ashley

  • spitfire_

    Feb 5, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Whops, they didn’t see that one coming. They start to thing that everyone is like pardew, a puppet who keep it shush all the time. Well done to Kenny McDowall!

  • magscar

    Feb 5, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Night all -leave it to the late shift,Aussies and others around the globe

  • scout

    Feb 5, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #4

    pretty obvious all will start.

  • sickandtired

    Feb 5, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #5

    The fact seems to be that Ashley and Rangers (Llambias) agreed the loan without McDowall having any idea of it.
    Hard to argue the Board isn’t picking the team when they arranged the move, and the lads ‘will bolster the team’.
    Ashley speak. Nothing more or less.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 5, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Of we go again adding 2 to 2 and getting 5
    Llambias never denied instructing McDowell to play the loanees
    When Sky asked an additional question
    “does this mean the board are picking the team”
    of course he denied it – It’s somewhat of a quantum leap to go from telling the coach to play PL loanees…. to the board picking the team.

  • jayphoto

    Feb 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #7

    To be fair those are the pick of our reserves! Vuckic and Ferguson have international caps. Bigirimana has 30 odd prem apps, Streete is a huge prospect and Mbabu has done well with swiss youth teams. 4 of them (excluding mbabu) would hope to be elite players in the SPL and should be far too good for the scottish chsmpionship…. Whether the board are picking them or not you’d have to question it if they couldn’t get a game at that level

  • N1CK06

    Feb 6, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #8

    While it would be common to assume Ashley’s involvement with the Rangers is purely for his own financial gain, it is possible that this decision may also benefit Newcastle..

    If we see Rangers as a feeder club to Newcastle, it is actually a good thing to see players who normally don’t get a game on the first team to be loaned to a big club in Scotland and improve on their skills.

    That is only good, however, if Ashley plans to use our loaned out players once they return and build the squad with talented youngsters instead of just selling them off early maximise profit.

  • jayphoto

    Feb 6, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Fully expect Rangers to sign at least 3 of those players for nothing before Ashley sells Nufc and buys Rangers! Positively shocked that Armstrong and Campbell didn’t go north too!

  • Alternative Headline

    Feb 6, 2015 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #10

    small signs that Ashley’s empire is starting to crumble – the zero hours contraversy, wonga, Ched Evans & now interclub shenanigans ? Does the man get a kick out of being a public hate figure ? Did he have a bad childhood ?

  • Geordie John

    Feb 6, 2015 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Always good to see other opinions. Here is one too: http://www.toontoon.co.uk/which-is-the-feeder-club.php

    What on earth is happening?

  • lesh

    Feb 6, 2015 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #12


    You’re talking scheidt!

  • p

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #13

    It’s a win, win for both clubs. Toon get their youngsters real game experience and rangers get quality to help them to promotion. It helps safeguard Mikey’s investment too.

    The people who lose out are possibly the other clubs competing with Rangers and arguably Rangers’ fringe players who now won’t get a game.

    It definitely benefits newcastle in theing term.

    I don’t buy the idea Rangers will get those players below market value, I think that might trigger an issue with authorities.

  • Chris

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:43 AM

    Comment #14


    If you’re going to come on here and accuse someone of talking scheidt, don’t you think it would be a good idea to explain what it was that you disagreed with?

    Nick said that he thought it was a good idea for some of our fringe players to go out on loan to get more game time and improve their skills, and I happen to agree with him.

    I guess that means that I’m talking scheidt as well.

  • Reyantoon

    Feb 6, 2015 at 3:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Nice to see we still linked with foreign coaches like Galtier.I’ll be over the moon if we hire one of top mgrs like Galtier.He is the man for us.As Ed pointed it out,he has done and doing an excellent job with limited budget and unknown young players since 2009.During those five years,he managed to finish the season in top 7.I don’t mind if we bring FDB or Garde as well but our clubs next mgr should be continental if we really want to compete in the CL and win domestic cups.whoever to bring in,we should sign a pre-contract agreement now than later..
    Meanwhile, loaning our players to Rangers will benefit us most. We don’t get troubled to loan our youngsters to get games and experience.Something we desperately needed for a while.Once Rangers promoted to SPL,they will compete for the title and play CL football regularly w/h is good for our players.some exciting times ahead and next season will be more exciting!!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 6, 2015 at 4:27 AM

    Comment #16

    How much more evidence do people need?

    All you have to do is look at the outgoings and incomings to realise the ambition of the football club? The wages we are only willing to pay compared to the rest of the league. The loopholes and bad behaved players contracts. Ben Arfa, Ranger etc.. These contracts..

    The length of time to replace key players.. And signing players purely on the selling profit instead of buying players for the positions we require??

    Lowering the wage bill, Barton, Nolan etc.. BUT selling the replacments who do well for profit and stopping us from progressing and building a sufficient starting 11.

    The obsession of finishing mid-table to reep in the TV rewards. Handing out bonuses speaks truly for itself?? Without backing the managers truly.

    The shabby contracts we give players and managers to keep the system ongoing and that we make the most of players signed and make money.

    So much thinking on how to reap rewards money wise and very little on trying to win anything?

    Being a Toon fan is shocking right now, especially if your glued to the internet and realise wtf is going on with this football club. Sadly, not many are. This blog is a far cry from the real world of NUFC and the comments. 90% easy who attend games and live in the area do not come on this blog so its impossible to see a thorough view across the board.

    One thing is for sure though with it all is Mike Ashley needs to go and I thoroughly believe he will sooner rather than later.

    Me personally, I’v had enough. Im finished until he has gone. Everything NUFC is halted. Im not supporting this any longer. He is taking the piss out of all the lads and lasses and the city personally. I can’t stand it anymore. Im not arguing every managers case because his hands are tied.

    He has drove every ounce of ambition out of me and hope. There is just no point anymore.

    I’ll see you’s all when he is gone and we regain full life support. This club is worth so much more than it is being treated for one mans different agenda’s.

    NUFC til I die, but gone til he’s gone.

    Take care lads.


  • JDdubai

    Feb 6, 2015 at 4:51 AM

    Comment #17

    I agree with Jimmy from a few thread ago, apart from a CB and CF i think the squad as a whole is the strongest we’ve had, maybe not quite the starting 11 but this will come as the kids progress next year hopefully.

    If we could replace Colo in the summer, which might happen, and get a Pelle-type striker then i think we will give it a real go next year, cups and all. As the squad is finally big enough to cope with the extra games without worrying about relegation.

    This idea of a purple being backed up with an up and coning young player only works if the kids are good enough, in the past it hasnt been the case(hence they are at rangers) which led to the fear of relegation if we played the europa games, but now with the kids having proved themselves this season i think the confidence next season will be there to give it a go, especially under a new coach,

  • cyprus

    Feb 6, 2015 at 5:11 AM

    Comment #18

    Why does the plot thicken? A crap team, a sister team due to ownership ties, is lucky to get 5 very good players on condition that they are played this many games. Both sides win. Now, if those players prove useless, they will be benched, it has been clarified.

    When bigger teams loan out players to smaller teams, it should be considered a ‘favour’, but the bigger team must have some kind of assurances that maximum effort will be made to play them. Otherwise confidence will drop to a new nadir. Not completely fair for the incumbent coach or players but there you go: take it or leave it.

    Are Rangers fans seriously saddened by this? And, has MA seriously demanded this? Is he so autocratic in his leadership? Don’t know but, more likely it’s Llambias’ demand.

    Ed, dude, you’re so distrusting you see MA and a plot behind everything. If it’s true – and maybe it is ;), he sure must be busy conspiring evil plans all day. Let’s ruin the Geordie nation and hell if it ruins my half billion investment! Mua ha ha 🙂

  • Canny in Canberra

    Feb 6, 2015 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Why are people on here continuing to talk about Rangers being the Feeder club. Doesn’t 5 of our lads off on loan indicate WE are or are going to be the feeder club!!DOH!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 6, 2015 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #20

    I a bit surprised with people talking about we have a great team in the making?

    …as of now it’s not a top 10 side – maybe with some good luck! The next two transfer windows will seal our fate I think. As with our youngsters we always seem to put them high up on a pedestal and only few delivers.

    We have remember any other team benefits from the TV-money as well – and they will spend the money and we probably won’t.

    It’s also going to tell alot when we know for sure who will be our head coach even though we have an idea 😉

  • JDdubai

    Feb 6, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #21


    I think our side would be a top 8 side at present if, and its a big if, we kept our main players fit. Even with borrendous injuries we did beat Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs this season so the potential is there, just need fit players and the kids to develop.

    Already i think this. Batch of young players have shown they have more about them than previous groups. Dummett, Sammy, Abeid, Aarons, Perez, Haidara are all young but have shown they can hack it in the PL.

    If we keep them fit and added a CB and CF then i think we could consistently challenge the top teams.

    Plus we beat those team with the Parsnip in charge, if we get in a coach who can actually move the team on to the next level then even better.

  • frankie

    Feb 6, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #22

    Toon-prodigy, absolutely nail on head and heartfelt.

  • one fine day

    Feb 6, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #23

    Have to say. “Free the rangers five “is a classic one. Please please hope to see that draped over a sports direct hoarding on Sunday

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 6, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #24

    Jimmy from lastnight

    Your reasoning is sound but only on the presumption that we get what we need, which so far hasn’t been forthcoming because how long have we waited for a CB and a striker therefore in these two key positions the squad falls short thus not infact deep enough.

    Relying on a 21 year old (as good as he is) to lead the line because there’s nobody else doesn’t scream squad depth to me. It says we will make do.

    Relying on an ageing captain (who I don’t think should be captain) who has for the past 2 seasons had more bad games than good and then include the talentless willo who’s a tryer but VERY limited (fizzy pop level) and Stevie (pumper) sicknote to the mix then it’s not looking good is it. Down on paper we may have 3 senior CB’s but in reality we do not for my reasons listed above.

    The only saving grace if you can call it that is the emergence of the youth players so I’ll agree on that.

    In the January window the chance to rectify these issues was passed upon so I hold little hope they ever will. If the average joe off the street can see, the pundits, the papers also then why can’t our owner. If he can then he’s done nothing about it but why is that? The funds are there, the squad allocation isn’t full so why the hold up. We always seem to be short and that is not a coincidence. It can’t be after so many times of the same thing happening.

  • Sav

    Feb 6, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #25

    “Llambias Tells Porkies Shocker!!”
    Hardly a major headline on Tyneside is it?

  • sickandtired

    Feb 6, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #26

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