Rangers transfer farce? Claim made about Newcastle loanees

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Rangers interim chairman Paul Murray has slammed the previous regime, alleging they signed five Newcastle players without even conducting medicals.

Rangers interim chairman Paul Murray has revealed to the club's official website that the previous regime at Ibrox allowed five Newcastle players to join the club without medicals.

Murray was recently appointed by Dave King, whose consortium won control over Rangers earlier this month, ousting Derek Llambias and Barry Leach out of Ibrox.

Llambias and Leach are known allies of Mike Ashley, who was a prominent shareholder in Rangers - and the trio used their links at Newcastle to try and strengthen the Rangers team on deadline day back in February.

Rangers snapped up five Newcastle players on loan until the end of the season, bringing in defenders Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, midfielders Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana and forward Haris Vuckic.

It was seen as the boost of quality Rangers needed to arrest an alarming slide in results and performances - but so far, it's been a disaster.

Streete was taken off injured in the first half of his debut, and whilst Vuckic has impressed and scored goals, Mbabu, Ferguson and Bigirimana haven't featured at all, all of them either injured or lacking fitness.

Now, it transpires that all five players were signed without even undergoing medicals, as revealed by Murray on the Rangers official website.

"It is actually difficult to look closely at the Club's finances and understand the rationale behind some of the decisions taken," said Murray.

"Let me give just two examples of the recklessness displayed by those who were removed from office just more than two weeks ago. One is the amount - in the region of £300,000 - spent on a needless General Meeting and the other is the signing of five Newcastle loan players without medicals. This is simply appalling," he added.

Rangers fans have to hope and pray that the new men in charge at Ibrox will be far more calculated and sensible with their moves in the transfer market than the likes of Llambias and Leach, whose corner-cutting has cost Rangers time and resources.

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