Shane Ferguson explains why he has been at Newcastle United for a fortnight

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Rangers loanee Shane Ferguson says he did not want to return to the club until he was ready.

Newcastle's Shane Ferguson says his time on loan at Rangers has been frustrating, report The Scottish Sun.

The defender has not played a single game since his January switch, and has explained why he has spent the last fortnight training with Newcastle instead of Rangers before rejoining them this week.

He says it was because of his stuttering beginning to his loan spell, he did not want to go back there and experience yet another setback.

He said: "I’ve been training for the past two weeks at Newcastle, because I didn’t want to go to Rangers and not be ready. I’m glad to be back and I’ve trained for two days with the Rangers lads.

“Now I can’t wait for the challenge ahead to get into the team, and then hopefully play a part in helping them win promotion.

“I’ve been out for five months in total, and it has been really frustrating since I signed the loan deal."

Ferguson is far from the only loanee in frustrating circumstances at Rangers, for Kevin Mbabu, Gael Bigirimana and Remi Streete have also been sidelined, with just Haris Vuckic making an impact.

He is however returning at a crucial phase of the season, with Rangers battling with Hibernian to secure a promotion play-off spot, after Hearts ran away relatively unchallenged with the title.

If Newcastle and Ferguson have it their way, the recent training sessions will be the last they see of each other for a couple of months, and he can stay fit and play a part in helping the Gers achieve a return to the top flight.

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