Remie Streete ready for Rangers return as he waits on Newcastle contract verdict

REMIE Streete’s ready to make a timely comeback for Rangers – with his Newcastle United future in the balance.

The defender has played just 44 minutes of first-team football since joining the club on loan in early February.

McCall feels Streete is ready to play his part in the club’s play-off challenge.

But Streete – who is waiting to hear if he will be offered a new contract at St James’s Park – is back fit and challenging for a place in Stuart McCall’s side.

Streete was on the bench for the first leg of Rangers’s play-off game against Queen of the South at the weekend.

The 20-year-old, from South Shields, topped up his fitness ahead of the sold-out second leg at Ibrox on Sunday with a 90-minute outing for the club’s Under-20s against Partick Thistle on Monday night.

United winger Shane Ferguson – who has recovered from a long-term knee injury – also played in the match.

Streete, one of five Newcastle players to join Rangers on loan this season, has impressed McCall in training since returning to fitness.

And McCall feels Streete is ready to play his part in the club’s play-off challenge.

If Rangers – who take a 2-1 lead into the second leg – get through, they will face a two-legged semi-final against Hibernian later this month.

Streete, a powerful centre-half, has been beset by injuries over the past two years, but his potential is not in question.

But it remains to be seen whether United will offer Streete – who hasn’t made a competitive first-team appearance for the club – a new deal.

Forward Adam Campbell and Jak Alnwick have been released by Newcastle,

However, decision is yet to be made on Streete, who had a brief loan spell at League One club Port Vale late last year.

If United offer him a contract, they will be entitled to compensation should he decide his future lies elsewhere.

Vale could revive their interest in Streete, who won praise from manager Rob Page during his stint at Vale Park, which was ended early after he was recalled to Tyneside amid a defensive injury crisis.

Meanwhile, forward Haris Vuckic has been a regular for Rangers, and the talented 22-year-old has scored eight Scottish Championship goals for the club.

Vuckic indicated last month that he was open to a permanent move to Ibrox if he didn’t have a future at St James’s Park.

Vuckic’s fellow loanees Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu and Gael Bigirimana have not featured for the club, which is part-owned by United owner Mike Ashley.