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Rangers set to raid Newcastle ranks

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We all know that Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has been increasing his share in Rangers in recent months and it looks as though the Scottish club are going to take advantage of that relationship to acquire players from south of the border.

Mike Ashley now has a nine per cent stake in Rangers and has appointed former Newcastle chairman Derek Llambias to the board to manage his Scottish affairs.

Llambias is set to take an active role in the club and give his support to Rangers boss Ally McCoist to acquire players to help them achieve promotion.

McCoist has said: “I’ve spoken to Derek a few times and he’s positive and keen to help. He’s still very hopeful that we can get promoted. He just said to continue doing my job, go and look at players and then we’ll have discussions.”

The former Scotland international continued: “I’ve been for a look at some of Newcastle’s young players already. I cover as many games as I can. We’re looking all over the place.”

It is likely that these would be loan deals, but which Newcastle players McCoist would look to target remains unclear.

The likes of Haris Vuckic still needs more first team experience, while Adam Armstrong could be a possibility and Callum Roberts has been talked about in high regard in recent weeks.

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