Stuart McCall: Rangers signing Gael Bigirimana should 'never have happened'

Rangers manager Stuart McCall feels sorry for midfielder Gael Bigirimana.

Rangers manager Stuart McCall has told The Scotsman that the club should never have signed Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana.

McCall oversaw his first win as Rangers boss last Sunday, beating Hibernian 2-0 at Easter Road to put the club back in the race for second place in the Scottish Championship.

Now, Rangers face Cowdenbeath at Ibrox later today, with McCall looking to make it two wins in a row - but will once again have to do it without Gael Bigirimana.

The Burundi-born midfielder had fallen out of favour at Newcastle United, and subsequently joined Rangers on loan on deadline day.

The 21-year-old was one of five players signed from Newcastle in deals orchestrated by former shareholder Mike Ashley, with messy politics involved in his arrival in February.

Ashley's primary aides Derek Llambias and Barry Leach oversaw moves to bring in Bigirimana, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Shane Ferguson and Haris Vuckic, but only Vuckic has made any impact, with the rest all injured having not even undergone medicals to join Rangers.

As McCall prepares to face Cowdenbeath, he admitted that Bigirimana should never have been signed by Rangers given that he's injured and unable to play.

"Bigi has got a medical condition which is a personal matter," said McCall. "The doctor and consultant are all involved in that."

"I knew him at Coventry. I remember watching him and thought when I came into the job he will be a good one to bring in and give us a bit of energy."

"Unfortunately, because of his medical condition, he won’t be able to play for us. So as disappointed as we are that we can’t use him, you have to think of the boy in this matter because he can’t go back, he can’t play for anyone else. It’s an unfortunate circumstance that really should never have happened," he added.

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