Michael O'Neill tells Rangers fans what to expect from Shane Ferguson

Northern Ireland Fans

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill says Rangers have made a 'great signing' in Shane Ferguson.

Amidst all the off-field chaos surrounding Rangers right now, they landed something of a coup on deadline day with the arrival of five Newcastle players on loan until the end of the season.

Magpies owner and Rangers shareholder Mike Ashley has a keen interest in both clubs, and appears to have brokered a surprise deal to send players up to Ibrox.

Defenders Kevin Mbabu and Remie Streete, midfielder Gael Bigirimana and forward Haris Vuckic all arrived in Glasgow last week, as did Northern Ireland international Shane Ferguson.

The left sided player, who regularly features at full back or as a winger, and spent around 18 months on loan with Birmingham City, impressing under Lee Clark.

The 23-year-old, who joined Newcastle from Derry City back in 2007, has also made 18 appearances for the Northern Ireland national team, becoming a trusted player under manager Michael O'Neill.

O'Neill is obviously familiar with Ferguson's abilities, and told the Daily Record that Rangers have made a 'great signing' in Ferguson.

"He has played against some really good players at international level. While he doesn’t have a lot of experience at club level he has experience at international level that will make him capable of dealing with anything that might be throw at him at Rangers," said O'Neill.

"One of the great things about him is the versatility he gives you. He has potential to add goals to his game and he’ll be a great signing for them," he added.

Against Celtic at Hampden Park earlier this month, Rangers fielded two left backs on the left hand side, and simply didn't test the Bhoys defence with width, pace or direct running.

Ferguson can offer those things, and gives manager Kenny McDowall a recognised left winger to use until the end of the season.

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