Ally McCoist has been tracking a number of Newcastle’s young prospects.
Newcastle and Rangers have been linked since Mike Ashley purchased a 9% stake in the club, and he went as far as appointing former Magpies chairman Derek Llambias to the board of the Scottish Championship club.
It was rumoured that Rangers would be exploiting their link with the Magpies to secure a number of their talented youngsters on loan when the purchase was first confirmed, although nothing has materialised as of yet, with manager Alan Pardew forced to use every averrable resource with the Toon in the midst of an injury crisis.
The likes of Rolando Aarons, Sammy Ameobi and Mehdi Abeid have all been called into the first-team set-up at St James’ Park, and Pardew has even confirmed that Lubo Satka and Remie Streete could be making the starting XI on Tuesday night for the trip to Burnley. However, the team are slowly making their way back to full fitness, and the January transfer window could be the perfect time for some of the young players who will struggle to get into the first-team to make waves in the realms of Scottish football.
Whilst the level of competition is not the highest, it would offer consistent first-team opportunities for the selected prospects, and Rangers boss Ally McCoist confirmed to the Chronicle that he has already been scouting a selection of the Magpies youngsters.
“I’ve spoken to Derek a few times and he’s positive and keen to help,” the former Scottish international said.
“He’s still very hopeful that we can get promoted. He just said to continue doing my job, go and look at players and then we’ll have discussions.
“I’ve been for a look at some of Newcastle’s young players already. I cover as many games as I can. We’re looking all over the place.”