By Doug Ward

19th Nov, 2023 | 9:10am

Jose Cifuentes hasn’t exactly hit the ground running since joining Rangers from LAFC in the summer transfer window.

The 24-year-old was signed by Michael Beale in August for around £1.2million [Sky Sports] after protracted negotiations between the Light Blues and the Los Angeles outfit.

There was a lot of hype surrounding the transfer too, as you would expect.

Cifuentes was heading to Ibrox as a mainstay of the Ecuador national team, playing in the World Cup in Qatar last year, and also a champion of the 2022 MLS Cup with LAFC.

Rangers’ midfield was in need of an all-action, brute-force of a player but three months into his spell at Ibrox, fans haven’t seen that from the Esmeraldas-born ace.

Cifuentes hasp laid 15 times in all competitions for Rangers but only six of those appearances – four of them being starts – coming in the Scottish Premiership.

Beale left him as an unused substitute in four of the first five league fixtures, with two of them being defeats against Kilmarnock and Celtic – and since Philippe Clement’s arrival, he’s played the Ecuadorian just twice in the league and on both occasions they’ve been as a substitute.

Cifuentes’ fitness hasn’t been perfect as a knock kept him sidelined for the Europa League draw with Sparta Prague and the 4-0 league win over Hibernian in October.

However, the midfielder’s Instagram activity is starting to raise some alarm bells as to whether he’s actually happy with life in Govan.

Since joining Rangers, Cifuentes has barely shared a single post about the Scottish Premiership club via his personal Instagram account.

At LAFC, it seemed like he was sharing images of himself in their kit on a very regular basis and when he left on 3 August, he posted a heartfelt farewell message to the MLS club.

Since then, he’s posted five times on Instagram and only one of them was about Rangers and that was on 17 August after the Champions League qualifier win over Servette.

His timeline has only seen posts about Ecuador since, where he seems to upload something after every single international appearance.

On Saturday (18 November), Cifuentes posted about Ecuador’s 0-0 draw with Venezuela, in which he was booked and substituted off without making a great impact.

There’s nothing wrong with posting so much about Ecuador, it just seems a bit suspicious that he’s still playing for Rangers and isn’t saying anything about it to his followers.

In other Rangers news, one Ibrox star has been sent home from international duty.