Rangers chief hits out at ‘reckless’ decision to sign five Newcastle players on loan

LOAN ... Haris Vuckic.
LOAN ... Haris Vuckic.

RANGERS interim chairman Paul Murray has claimed that the club’s decision to sign five Newcastle United players on loan was “reckless” – as the quintet did NOT undergo medicals.

Recently-appointed Murray has hit out at the club’s former hierarchy, which was forced out earlier this month.

Ex-Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias, an ally of shareholder and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, was forcibly removed from his post as chief executive at a general meeting.

During Llambias’s tenure, the club signed Haris Vuckic, Remie Streete, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu and Gael Bigirimana.

However, only Vuckic and Streete have played for the Scottish Premiership club. Ferguson and Mbabu have been sidelined by injury, while Bigirimana has what Rangers manager Stuart McCall described as a “medical condition”.

Murray said: “Let me give just two examples of the recklessness displayed by those who were removed from office just more than two weeks ago. One is the amount – in the region of £300,000 – spent on a needless general meeting, and the other is the signing of five Newcastle loan players without medicals. This is simply appalling.”

Rangers are paying a proportion of the quintet’s wages during their time at Ibrox.