I’m not a Cheik Tiote clone, warns Rangers new boy Gael Bigirimana

LOAN ... Gael Bigirimana.
LOAN ... Gael Bigirimana.

GAEL Bigirimana has vowed to ‘prove a point’ after his loan move to Rangers – but doesn’t want to be compared to Cheik Tiote.

Bigirimana was one of five Newcastle stars who moved to Rangers on loan in a surprise deadline day swoop.

The centre midfielder signed for Newcastle for £1m in 2012 and has been compared in the past to current Magpies midfield destroyer Tiote.

But the 21-year-old England youth international, who fled his native Burundi as a refugee in 2004 before moving to the UK, insists he has more to his game than mere fighting qualities.

“I’m at my strongest when I’ve got the ball,” he explained. “I always want the ball. I’m a fit lad. I can run, I can tackle and I’ve just started adding goals to my game.

“People have compared me to Cheick Tiote. But that’s not right. People judge you on the first time they see you.

“But there’s a lot that I can bring to Rangers.

“We have to come in and prove a point though. Not just to the Rangers fans but the fans back home.

“There’s a pressure there but we are strong enough to face that challenge and be successful. This club needs to get back to where it belongs and if we can be a part of that, then that would be unbelievable.”

Bigirimana is joined at Ibrox by Haris Vuckic, Remie Streete, Shane Ferguson and Kevin Mbabu.