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Shane Ferguson savouring big chance to shine with Rangers


Shane Ferguson has joined Rangers

Shane Ferguson has joined Rangers

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Shane Ferguson has joined Rangers

Shane Ferguson is relishing the prospect of playing for Rangers, hoping that it will help his Northern Ireland chances in the process.

The County Londonderry man was one of FIVE young Newcastle players to join the Ibrox club on loan in one of the more bizarre deals on deadline day.

It is no coincidence that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is a Rangers shareholder and is keen to buy the club having loaned the Scottish Championship outfit funds to stay in business.

Rangers fans are against Ashley taking control of their club, but many will be glad to see reinforcements arrive for the final few months of the season when promotion to the Scottish Premiership is a must.

The Teddy Bears are 16 points behind leaders Hearts and the likelihood is that if they are to go up to the top flight they will have to do it through the play-offs.

Northern Ireland's Ferguson will hope to play an influential role.

As is the case in modern day football, the 23-year-old tweeted when arriving at his new surroundings, saying: "Happy to have signed on loan with Rangers until the end of season. Looking forward to the experience."

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Former England Under-20 midfielder Gael Bigirimana, Slovakian international Haris Vuckic, Swiss defender Kevin Mbabu and defender Remie Streete have also joined the Gers, but Ferguson could prove to be the best recruit of the lot.

When he has been given a first team chance at Newcastle he has not let the side down and impressed while on loan at Birmingham City playing on the left flank as a winger or defender.

Troubled by injury in recent months, Ferguson is desperate to play first team football and keen to make his way back into the Northern Ireland set up, having been part of Michael O'Neill's starting XI in the early part of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Ferguson is the type of player who could quickly become a favourite with the Rangers fans, who will have noticed his birthday falls on July 12 and a permanent move away from St James' Park to progress his career.

Delivering the goods in Scotland will help him achieve that aim. The loan deal to Rangers can effectively act as a shop window for the man from Eglinton.

Meanwhile Celtic have confirmed that Michael Duffy had signed four-and-a-half year deal from Derry City.

He said: "It feels amazing. It's like a dream come true.

"This is the club I've always supported and this is huge for me."

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