GAEL Bigirimana has admitted he knew he had a serious medical condition before his loan move to Rangers.
The Newcastle United midfielder has been diagnosed with an unspecified illness which has prevented him from playing for the Scottish giants since his deadline day switch.
I knew I had a problem but I didn’t think it would stop me playing here because that problem didn’t stop me playing in England.Gael Bigirimana
The 21-year-old was one of five Newcastle players who moved on loan in a controversial deal set up by former Magpies managing director Derek Llambias, who was at the helm of Rangers at the time.
The deal was rushed through without medicals for the players, and only Haris Vuckic has featured regularly for Rangers, with Kevin Mbabu and Shane Ferguson still injured, while Remie Streete lasted just 45 minutes before pulling his hamstring.
The loan deal for the five Newcastle players is understood to be costing Rangers £5,000 a week until the end of the season.
Bigirimana, meanwhile, hasn’t featured for the Ibrox side because of Scottish rules concerning his medical condition – which he says he was aware of before his loan move.
However, he claimed he did not realise the illness would prevent him from pulling on his boots in Scotland and that the SFA’s rule book has blocked him from playing any part in Rangers bid for promotion back to the top flight.
Bigirimana told the Daily Record: “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.
“Yes, I knew I had a problem but I didn’t think it would stop me playing here because that problem didn’t stop me playing in England. But obviously different FA’s have different rules.
“It’s obviously disappointing but my disappointment cannot change what has happened and what is happening. But I do hope Rangers get back where they belong.
“I came here because I wanted to help Rangers out and I’ve come to like the place so much and the club as well. But what’s happened has happened and if I can’t play for Rangers because of my medical condition then hopefully, when this gets sorted, one day I’ll come back. Hopefully I’ll get another chance to come here on loan or permanently.
“I don’t know when I will be able to play again. I can’t tell you that to be honest. But it won’t be this season.
“I am being treated well and everyone at the club has been really nice to me since I came here.”