JOHN Carver says the quintet loaned to Rangers will come back to Newcastle United better players – after learning to deal with the “pressure” of playing at Ibrox.
Newcastle this week farmed out Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana, Remie Streete, Shane Ferguson and Kevin Mbabu to the Scottish Championship club, in which United owner Mike Ashley has a controversial 8.92 per cent stake.
The decision to loan so many players to one club raised eyebrows on Tyneside and in Glasgow.
But head coach Carver has claimed it was a no-brainer as it would better prepare them for playing in front of 52,000 at St James’s Park on their return to Newcastle.
“They need to play,” said Carver.
“They have gone past Under-21 football. “The Under-21s is for good young players who are 16, 17 or 18 and a chance to develop.
“The guys who have gone up there and past that are ready for senior football.
“It’s a great situation for both parties.
“First of all, they are getting some good players.
“Secondly, we are getting our young players some experience playing in front of 35,000 to 40,000 every other week, under pressure, because we know how big that club is – it’s a worldwide club.
“Sometimes players have to deal with pressure, and these guys are going to have to play under pressure.
“When they come back to us they know what it’s all about, because our crowd is double and they have to deal with that.”