Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Strange Times Indeed - Magpies Now Have a Scottish Feeder Club; like Us on Facebook Facebook.com/newcastlechronicle Robert Follow Us on Twitter @EveningChron LEE the General's Verdict

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Strange Times Indeed - Magpies Now Have a Scottish Feeder Club; like Us on Facebook Facebook.com/newcastlechronicle Robert Follow Us on Twitter @EveningChron LEE the General's Verdict

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Byline: Robert LEE

SO are Rangers now the feeder club for Newcastle United? That's something I never expected to write.

When five youth players are sent north of the border with orders that they must play, and that's a new one on me, then I can't help thinking I might be on to something.

In my day if you went out on loan, you only got a game if you were playing well. Times seemingly have changed.

In my day if you went out on loan, you only got a game if you were playing well. Times seemingly have changed.

What if the Rangers coach Kenny McDowall doesn't fancy them? That doesn't matter. They have to play. That's part of the deal.

Let's be honest, none of the lads were going to get anywhere near the Newcastle team so it makes sense to get them a game somewhere, which will either improve them or make it easier to move them on.

This essentially means that it will work well for Newcastle but it might not for Rangers.

This essentially means that it will work well for Newcastle but it might not for Rangers.

I know that club have had troubles and remain in a really bad situation but they remain a huge name in football and you would imagine one day they will get back at least close to where they used to be.

But does that mean they will be used by Newcastle to give their young players a game? That's some fall from grace.

This is what can happen when one man owns two football clubs and that is exactly what Ashley does.

This is what can happen when one man owns two football clubs and that is exactly what Ashley does.

He is controlling Rangers, at least for the moment, and I don't blame Newcastle fans for wondering if he has forgotten about their own club.

It has been said that life at Newcastle is always interesting. For me, this is the strangest era in the club's history. Nobody knows what Ashley is really up to and what his longterm plans are.

Nobody knows what Ashley is really up to and what his long-It's hard to second guess a guy It's hard to second guess a guy who never says a word in public, print or even third hand.

I would like to say that no players coming in but five going out on loan on deadline day surprised me, but is anyone surprised by anything that club does these days? …

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