STV Sport have reported that Spaniard Juan Manuel Ortiz is holding signing talks with Rangers. The 29-year-old midfielder currently with Spanish side UD Almeria, who were relegated last season coming bottom of La Liga.
An agreement is reportedly in place between the two sides, and Ortiz is now at Murray Park in talks with Rangers.
Almeria’s sporting director Alberto Benito confirmed his player was in talks with Rangers: “I can confirm we have had talks with Glasgow Rangers have reached an agreement over a fee for Juanma,” he said. “He has been with Almeria for four years and he is a very important player.
“He can play in several positions. He can play on the left or right hand side of attack, but also defensive left and right. He is also very quick.”
Despite the agreement between the two sides, Almeria are far from happy to lose their utility player.
Benito replied: “No we are not happy. But for him, who is a very good person and player, this is a good move. It is important for him to play at a big club like Glasgow Rangers, who have the chance to play in Champions League. For me it is a big problem because I now have to find three players to replace him.”
Ortiz moved to Almeria in 2007, playing 126 times for the Andalusian club, scoring nine times. Last season he played 23 times scoring one goal, which came in the 3-1 victory over Real Mallorca in May.
His main attributes are his strength and determination, and according to our Spanish Football expert at Spanishfootball.info, ‘he will put in a good shift for Rangers and never shy his work. A solid player’.
After the club’s relegation to the Segunda Division, Ortiz was told that the club would not stand in his way if an offer came in, along with a host of other first team players at the club.
If Ortiz signs for Rangers, he will become Ally McCoist’s first signing as Rangers manager.