Rangers’ Stuart McCall highlights Newcastle loanee Shane Ferguson’s best position

Stuart McCall believes Ferguson may be able to help Rangers before the end of this season.

Ferguson only arrived at Ibrox this week, weeks after being one of five Newcastle players to sign on loan for Rangers, and head coach Stuart McCall has commented on his best position to the Evening Times.

The Gers manager said: “I spoke to [Northern Ireland head coach] Michael O'Neill about him a couple of months ago before I came to Rangers, what his best position was because he's filled in a lot at left-back for Ireland, but probably his best position is up on the left [of midfield].

“He's a very good crosser of the ball, he's shown that in the sessions we've done.”

Naturally a left-sided player, Ferguson, 23, can play all along the wing, but has featured most frequently as a left-back whenever playing for the senior Magpies squad in previous seasons.

However, he was deployed as a left midfielder last term during a season-long loan stay with Birmingham City in the Championship, and has been utilised in that position for Newcastle’s Under-21 side this term.

The Northern Irish international had not made a senior appearance for John Carver’s men prior to his January loan to Rangers, and a long-standing injury means he has yet to play for the Scottish Championship side.

Yet he has now finally linked up with McCall’s men, and is in training with the senior squad, and the coach obviously would prefer him to line up in a more attacking role for the Light Blues in the 4-4-2 system he has persevered with in the last few weeks.

McCall is clearly keen to see Ferguson at least make one appearance for Rangers, and now it is a race against fitness to ensure that the Newcastle man is ready for selection ahead of a potentially gruelling play-off campaign.

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