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Report: Rangers on track to complete new loan agreement for player

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Julian Capera of ESPN reports that Rangers are making headway in their attempt to keep Oscar Cortes on loan.

After joining Glasgow on loan from Lens in Ligue 1, Cortes needed surgery for a posterior muscular problem just eight games into his time at Ibrox during the January transfer window.

On May 4, Capera of Colombia’s Futbol Red wrote: “Rangers and Lens are working on extending the deal of Oscar Cortes, a Colombian who has already finished his two-month recuperation following surgery.

“The new arrangement is on the correct track, but the present loan is going to expire.”

Prior to the Gers’ pivotal match against Kilmarnock, manager Philippe Clement acknowledged that Cortes’ season was ended but that talks regarding the 20-year-old were still in progress between the club and Lens.

Cortes, who joined Lens from his native club Millonarios last summer, had made four appearances in Ligue 1 and contributed a goal and an assist before traveling to Scotland.

How ought the Rangers to handle the Oscar Cortes agreement?

When Lens recruited Cortes as a teenager from his home Colombia, it cost them £4 million last year.

Prior to his injury in late February, there was general consensus that Rangers would exercise their option to acquire the winger this summer; however, his health record is now in doubt.

For the whole international, who has already made his Los Cafeteros debut with players like James Rodriguez and Luis Diaz, the option in place would result in a contract that would last until 2028.

There would consequently have been a price agreement since January, though Rangers will understandably now handle the arrangement with caution.

The best approach to safeguard Rangers’ interests and give Cortes an opportunity to go back to full fitness and have a successful season of football may be to send him on another loan.

Cortes, who is undoubtedly a gifted player and a wise investment from Lens, will be keen to show the Rangers that their faith in him has paid off.

Rangers has had questionable attacking recruiting throughout the last 12 months, so it’s critical that they don’t make the same mistakes again if it ends up costing them the championship this year.

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