Rangers have announced the signature of Spanish midfielder Juan Manuel Ortiz for an undisclosed fee. The 29-year-old moves from Almeria, who were relegated from La Liga in 2010/11, and becomes new manager Ally McCoist’s first signing.
The Ibrox boss stated his delight at being able to add the Spaniard to his squad, and feels the former Atletico Madrid youth player can add versatility to the Scottish side’s squad.
“I think the fact he can play a number of positions was a big thing. He will probably run Steven Whittaker close. He can play a few positions, he is quick and he has played a few games at the very top level,” the former striker told the club’s official website.
The player however ends a four year spell at the Andalusian outfit, and revealed that he spoke with countryman and ex-Rangers defender Carlos Cuellar before the move.
“When the chance came up to come to Rangers, I spoke to Carlos about it and he only had good things to say. He told me the club is massive and that he was very, very happy here, so he told me it was a move I should make,” he stated.
Meanwhile, ex-Rangers striker Kris Boyd, now with Middlesbrough, is weighing up a move to Turkish Super Lig side Eskisehirspor, and is expected to fly to Turkey at the end of the week to negotiate a potential transfer.