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McGregor stresses two main benefits of loan stars at Rangers

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Rangers defender Darren McGregor has suggested there's nothing to be down about in relation to the players on loan from Newcastle.

Rangers defender Darren McGregor has been quoted by the Evening Times suggesting there are two main benefits of five players arriving on loan from Newcastle United.

Five Magpies stars moved to the club as part of a huge deal on transfer deadline day last week and McGregor is one who is certainly positive about it.

“These guys are coming up to play, there is no way you are getting fringe Newcastle United players to come up here to sit on the bench,” he said.

“That makes us alert and it will help raise standards. Competition levels will rise as well because you know they are effectively coming in to take your place.”

The fact the youngsters arrived from Newcastle is significant considering their Premier League background.

Adam Armstrong is a good example of a Newcastle youngster who has consolidated his position in the first team, which expresses the quality of the club’s academy system.

One of the only ways for players to get better is to compete in a higher group of players.

The move gives Rangers plenty of different squad options, which also allows them to maintain their performances on the pitch.

If someone underperforms, there is a good quality replacement ready to come into the team.

Where officials at the club have to be careful is that a feeling of discontent doesn’t grow if the Newcastle stars unsettle key leaders in the first team.

Hopefully that won’t happen and the only impact of five players on loan from Newcastle will be Rangers closing the gap on Hearts.

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