Confirmed: Rangers announce arrival of five Newcastle United youngsters

Rangers have confirmed the signings of Kevin Mbabu, Remie Street, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana and Haris Vuckic.

Despite all the turmoil off the pitch, Rangers have confirmed that five Newcastle United youngsters have arrived at Ibrox tonight.

The influence of Rangers shareholder and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley appears to have been felt tonight, with five players arriving from St. James' Park until the end of the season.

Swiss defender Kevin Mbabu is the first, with the versatile 19-year-old arriving to strengthen the back line. The former Servette man can play at right back and centre back, and needs experience having failed to break into the Magpies first team.

Mbabu is joined by another defender, this time Remie Streete. The 20-year-old, who joined Newcastle back in 2008, had a loan spell with Port Vale last season and will add depth at centre back.

Utility man Shane Ferguson also joins them. Capable of playing at left back or on the left wing, the 23-year-old Northern Ireland international had two impressive spells with Birmingham last season and will add some pace down the left hand side.

Central midfielder Gael Bigirimana also arrives, with the Burundi-born man joining after seeing his career stall at in the North East despite an impressive start to life at Newcastle after joining from Coventry in 2012.

Finally, Slovenian forward Haris Vuckic has joined too, providing a real attacking threat from a number of positions given that he can play out wide, behind a striker or up front.

These are five big arrivals for Rangers as they look to close the gap on Hearts at the top of the Scottish Championship, and they have Mike Ashley to thank for it.

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