By Pranav Shahaney

18th Nov, 2023 | 12:10pm

Rangers midfielder Jose Cifuentes January loan exit cannot be ruled out

Rangers midfielder Jose Cifuentes certainly needs to win over Philippe Clement at Ibrox and his performances thus far have been far from impressive.

The Ecuadorian was one of Michael Beale’s primary targets over the summer and there was real excitement as to who he was and what he would bring to the table.

The manager did not want to wait until the end of the year to sign him and did everything he could to secure his services in the summer.

This meant that the club would have to shell out a transfer fee rather than sign him for a free when his contract would’ve expired.

It’s fair to say, there will be people behind the scenes that will regret this decision made and backing Beale may not have been the best idea in the world.

A news outlet in Ecuador, Primacias (16 November) labelled his performance for the national team as “terrible” and his displays for his club have been more or less the same.

He does face a mammoth job to convince Clement he deserves to stay at the club and may be running out of time with the club having the option to loan him out in January.

Since joining in the summer, he’s just made four league starts for Rangers and none since the start of October which means Clement is yet to show his trust in him.

He’s given him a paltry minutes off the bench and if the 24-year-old is failing to impress on the international stage too, an exit may be on the cards.

In other Rangers news, a player is now in a ‘Worse’ situation than before as surgery is unavoidable, according to exclusive coverage by an injury expert.