Gael Bigirmana believes five Newcastle loanees can help club gain promotion

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New Rangers midfielder Gael Bigirimana believes he and four other Newcastle loanees can help Rangers gain promotion.

After losing 2-0 to Old Firm rivals at Celtic on Sunday, Rangers fans needed a boost - and got a bizarre boat load of players from Newcastle United.

Deadline day reaped five Magpies players for Rangers, with defenders Kevin Mbabu and Remie Streete, winger Shane Ferguson, midfielder Gael Bigirimana and forward Haris Vuckic all arriving at Ibrox on loan until the end of the season.

The influence of Rangers shareholder and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has certainly been felt in these deals, with Ashley seemingly keen to help out the beleaguered Scottish clubs.

Midfielder Bigirimana is one of the most intriguing arrivals in Glasgow given that he actually made a bright start to life as a Newcastle player.

The Burundi-born central midfielder arrived at St. James' Park from Coventry City back in 2012, and initially impressed with his energy through the middle of the park.

However, the presence of Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback limited his impact in recent years, meaning a loan move could well be beneficial for the 21-year-old - who says that he and his Newcastle team mates can help Rangers achieve promotion back to the Scottish Premiership.

"We can absolutely help Rangers gain promotion - all of the guys, who I have come to know at Newcastle, can add something and we are all different in our own ability," Bigirimana told the Rangers official site. "If the manager can find room to fit us in we will give 100% to the club, because we are excited and we are just like young lions who want to go and explore," he added.

Rangers currently lie 16 points behind leaders Hearts in the Scottish Championship, but have two games in hand on their rivals at the summit.

Rangers need a miracle at this point to gain automatic promotion, though finishing between second and fourth will give them a shot at the play-offs - and the Newcastle quintet figure to be important in those hopes.

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