What Rangers fans should know about the Newcastle quintet

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With five Newcastle United fringe players heading north of the border to Ibrox, we give you the lowdown on the new Rangers recruits.

The ongoing drama surrounding Rangers took a fresh twist this week with the club benefitting from those newly-established Mike Ashley ties to the tune of five Newcastle United players who have arrived at Ibrox with a point to prove.

The bargain deal could go some way to appeasing the angst felt by many in the wake of Lewis MacLeod’s £850,000 move to Brentford earlier in January, but the quintet remain relatively unknown quantities among Gers supporters.

Fortunately, we are on hand with a useful guide to the five players in question and what fans can expect from their stay in Glasgow.

Shane Ferguson

A Northern Ireland international with 18 senior caps and a goal to his name, Ferguson is capable of playing on either side of the midfield and also at left-back when required.

The 23-year-old previously impressed during two loan stints at Championship club Birmingham and is noted for his fine crossing and passing abilities as well as good tackling skills.

A dead-ball specialist, Ferguson also scored a memorable free-kick during his first spell in the Midlands and could prove a valuable addition.

Haris Vuckic

Brought to St James’ Park from Slovenian outfit Domzale back in 2009, Vuckic operates a little further forward than Ferguson, in an attacking midfield or supporting striker role, with the 22-year-old also capable of filling in on the left-wing when required.

Spent time on loan at Cardiff and Rotherham, where he scored four goals, and was called up to the full Slovenia national team, having impressed at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level, for a friendly against Scotland back in February 2012.

Gael Bigirimana

Arguably the most high profile of the five players to arrive at Ibrox, Bigirimana looked set for big things after impressing in the centre of the midfield for Coventry in his younger years.

The 21-year-old subsequently moved to Newcastle for a fee in the region of £1 million back in July 2012 but has been restricted to just 26 appearances for the Toon to date, though he did score a memorable goal in a 3-0 Premier League victory over Wigan in December of that year.

Named in Peter Taylor’s England squad for the Under-20 World Cup alongside Harry Kane, John Stones, Eric Dier and Ross Barkley.

Kevin Mbabu

The baby of the bunch, Mbabu is a defender by trade and is capable of operating anywhere across the back line, though he has yet to make an appearance for the Newcastle first-team, having only appeared for the Toon’s Under-21 side to date.

Born in Switzerland, Mbabu’s previous experience amounts to a single substitute appearance for Servette with Newcastle United snapping the 19-year-old up for an undisclosed fee in January 2013.

Capped by Switzerland at four different levels of youth football internationally, a stint with Rangers could see the stopper emerge as a real talent.

Remie Streete

The 20-year-old has long been linked with a move to Rangers and looks ready to be thrust straight into the Scottish Championship action, having shone during a loan stint with Port Vale earlier this season.

A solid centre back, Streete helped the Staffordshire club record their first clean sheet of the season in a 3-0 win over Leyton Orient and would have gone on to impress even further, had then-Newcastle manager Alan Pardew not opted to recall the defender as cover to the Magpies.

Which of these players will shine most at Rangers?

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