An interesting week of international football caught the eye as England battled their way to two solid victories, but with no Newcastle players on England duty happenings north of the border may be more intriguing for the toon.
Scotland and Rangers captain Barry Ferguson and goalkeeper Alan McGregor were dropped to the bench for Scotland's qualifier against Iceland on Wednesday night and to find out why you must look back to the previous weekend. The two decided on a late night drinking session after the qualifier against Holland on Saturday and this serious breach of discipline saw them dropped for the following fixture.
This alone landed them in trouble, but what followed left fans and professionals embarrassed and disappointed. The pair decided that instead of graciously accepting their punishment and keeping their heads down, their best course of action would be to stick two fingers up at the TV cameras and watching audience.
They may apologise now but the damage has been done. Both were sent home from training with Rangers and suspended for two weeks, without pay. It's what followed this afternoon that will have stunned them as they were banned from playing for Scotland, for life.
As much as this may interest you, you're probably wondering what this has to do with Newcastle. With Ferguson's international career gone like dust on the wind, what reason is there for him to stay in Scotland?
He will undoubtedly be jeered by fans when he makes his return so why not get out and have one last flurry of comfort in England. He has long been linked with Newcastle and now may be the time Rangers are most open to a sale.
The Geordies have never been a club to turn down a player based on his reputation, look no further than Joey Barton, Lee Bowyer and Duncan Ferguson for proof of this. He would undeniably strengthen the midfield with both talent and experience.
There is perhaps just one hurdle to this potential deal, Newcastle's league status. If relegated this deal is off, but if they manage to stay in the Premier League then I feel this is a very realistic move.