Shane Ferguson pulls out of Northern Ireland squad amid comments from manager McCall

Shane Ferguson has withdrawn from the Northern Ireland squad today.

Rangers winger Shane Ferguson has pulled out of the Northern Ireland squad due to injury, as reported today by the Daily Record.

Ferguson, 23, joined Rangers on loan for the rest of the season from Newcastle United back in February, but has yet to even feature for the Scottish Championship side after injury problems.

Earlier this week, new Rangers boss Stuart McCall suggested that Ferguson, along with three other Newcastle loanees Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete and Gael Bigirimana, were unlikely to play for the club again this season.

McCall then told the Daily Record that Ferguson hadn't even been up to Ibrox recently, with the suggestion that not only was he training with Newcastle, but was still some way off even being fit enough to play football.

Then, Northern Ireland named Ferguson in their squad to face Scotland and Finland, prompting bemusement from manager McCall as he was under the impression Ferguson was still injured.

Now, as reported by the Daily Record, Ferguson has chosen to withdraw himself from the Northern Ireland squad as he continues to build up his fitness.

It may be a bid to appease McCall after his comments earlier this week, but Ferguson is unlikely to even play for Rangers this season - and may be looking to prove his fitness ahead of another move away from Newcastle in the summer transfer window.

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