As reported by Spanish outlet AS, Rangers are said to be chasing two former players of Pedro Caixinha, still plying their trade at Mexican side Santos Laguna.
Caixinha has a summer of rebuilding to do at Rangers after a fairly disastrous season for the Ibrox side. They came into the Scottish top-flight with hopes of being much closer to Celtic than they currently are and the upcoming transfer window is as important as it has ever been at the club.
The Ibrox boss is already making plans and according to AS, is considering a move for Jose Abella and Carlos Izquierdoz of Santos Laguna, two defenders who helped him to title glory in Mexico.
Is targeting players from abroad he already worked with the right strategy this summer?
Jose Abella is a right-back who at 23 years old has never played outside of his native Mexico. A one time Mexican youth internationalist, he was a key member of Caixinha’s trophy winning squad and is clearly a fan of the Ibrox boss’ methods.
Speaking to ESPN last year, he said of Caixinha:
The fundamental thing was the way he lives games, the passion in each action … it helped me a lot. The training was always based on intensity and exercises with the ball. I learned a lot and will be eternally grateful.
Bringing in a player who respects him as a manager could be key in turning around the fortunes of a squad that haven’t quite gelled with their new man yet.
Carlos Izquierdoz is a 28 year old Argentinian central defender who with Lanus in his homeland won the Copa Sudamericana, the continent’s equivalent of the UEFA Europa League. He moved to Santos Laguna and won further honours there. Bringing in someone of his experience would undoubtedly improve what has been a poor central defence this season at Ibrox. With Clint Hill and Philippe Senderos leaving at the end of the season, Rangers badly need quality reinforcements and if Caixinha trusts him too, a move certainly makes sense.