Rangers deal with Newcastle under scrutiny – as is Remie Streete

Remie Streete in action for Newcastle United against Oldham Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID
Remie Streete in action for Newcastle United against Oldham Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID

REMIE Streete’s focused on making a success of his Rangers move on the pitch – as Newcastle’s FIVE loans to the club come under scrutiny off the field.

Newcastle farmed out Streete, Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson and Kevin Mbabu on transfer deadline day.

United owner Mike Ashley owns just under nine per cent of the Scottish Championship club.

And the quintet of loans has proved controversial north of the border, though the club’s main league rivals – Edinburgh clubs Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian – have made no public comment.

For his part, defender Streete, from South Shields, is just looking forward to getting back on to the pitch, having last played competitive football in early November, when he played his final loan game for Port Vale.

“The one thing I was missing at Newcastle was first-team football every week,” said Streete.

“We were all pushing to get in the first team, but it’s not easy.”

Streete believes the fact that five players from United have joined second-placed Rangers – who trail Hearts by 16 points, and are a point ahead of Hibs – will help them all settle in at Ibrox.

“In my last loan, I went there by myself, so it was hard to settle in in the first few days,” said Streete.

“It’s a bonus that there’s a few of us coming up here, but even if it had been me on my own, I’d have still come up. It just makes it easier to settle in.”

Streete is also confident that his move will not fall foul of FIFA, which only allows players to play for two clubs in one season.

Hatem Ben Arfa fell foul of FIFA’s rule when he joined Nice last month, having already played for Hull City and United’s Under-21s this season.

Streete has played for Port Vale and Newcastle’s Under-21s this season. However, SFA protocols do not class Under-21 games as being first-team fixtures, though FIFA could yet be intervene.

“I think different federations in different countries have different rules,” said Streete. “I know France stopped that one (Ben Arfa), but from what I’ve read on the internet and been told from my agent, the Scottish FA have allowed me to make the transfer.

“So, hopefully, it should be fine.”