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On-loan Newcastle player Bigirimana knew he was ill before joining Rangers

Gael Bigirimana confirms to the Daily Record he was aware of his illness before joining Rangers.

The Daily Record has reported that one of the five players on loan from Newcastle knew he was sick before he joined Rangers.

Gael Bigirimana joined Rangers along with Haris Vuckic, Reme Streete, Keven Mbabu, and Shane Ferguson in a late loan deal that was pushed through by Derek Llambias and Barry Leach shortly before they were removed from the board.

So far it is only Vuckic who has played a significant role for Rangers since joining, with Reme Streete managing less than 45 minutes against Raith Rovers whilst the three remaining players haven’t featured.

Bigirimana has told the Daily Record – who believe the deal for the five Newcastle players is costing £5,000 a week in wages – that he had already been diagnosed with an unknown illness when he was at St James' Park, but he didn't realise that an SFA ruling would mean he was unable to play.

“I didn’t know I wouldn’t be able to play. I didn’t think it would be a problem that would stop me playing. Nobody told me," he said.

If the deal for the five players were to run its course then the Light Blues would pay an estimated £65,000 in wages, having already paid a predicted £40,000 to Newcastle for their not fit for purpose quartet and Vuckic.

Whilst it is unclear what mystery illness Bigirimana is suffering from, he has confirmed that it isn’t Hepatitis C, which was being suggested on social media.

Because the deal for the five players was so rushed, no medical testing was done before they signed, allowing Bigirimana’s illness to go unnoticed and highlighting the slack and thoughtless way the previous regime dealt with affairs at Ibrox.

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