By Matt Farr
Rangers have registered both Eduardo Herrera and Carlos Pena as eligible players for their upcoming Europa League qualifying campaign, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim that manager Pedro Caixinha could be set to call upon the Mexican international duo when they face Luxembourg outfit Progres Niederkorn in ten days time.
That is however, despite neither player having officially completed their moves to the club, with paperwork currently delaying the proposed moves.
An earlier report by the Sun had claimed that the duo had already completed medicals at the club, agreed personal terms, and been issued with work permits, and were now just waiting to be issued visas.
It was said that they would be returning to Glasgow last week to finalise the moves, but Rangers have still yet to be given the green light to officially unveil their latest summer signings.
However, the pair have been registered with UEFA for Rangers’ upcoming European campaign, suggesting that the transfers will be completely imminently.
Rangers had to submit their squad list on Monday, with their first qualifying fixture set to take place on June 29, and it appears as though as many as eight summer signings could be in line to feature.
Caixinha has already added six new players to his first-team squad, with Bruno Alves, Ryan Jack, Fabio Cardoso, Dalcio, Daniel Candeias and Alfredo Morelos the confirmed new arrivals.
More signings are expected as the Portuguese continues his summer overhaul at Ibrox, with Herrera and Pena not likely to be the only remaining potential new recruits.
Caixinha is still after at least another midfield player, with bids having been tabled for both Norwich City’s Graham Dorrans and Hearts winger Jamie Walker.
But there is still a possibility for one of either Dorrans or Walker to join the Rangers squad ahead of their clash against Progres Niederkorn, despite the initial deadline having passed.
Rangers are permitted to register one ‘wildcard’ player in their squad by June 28, meaning there is still a place up for grabs for a new recruit so long as a deal is finalised within the next nine days.
Football Insider verdict
As Caixinha continues to splash the cash on his Rangers overhaul, the seemingly imminent arrivals of Herrera and Pena offer little difference to a number of their previous signings in terms of reception. A large number of Rangers supporters might have never heard of either player, although their current international status could have seen their names come up at some stage in the past. However, it therefore leaves Caixinha vulnerable to criticism over another risky transfer decision. If his new signings don’t work out, it will be a disaster for the club. But the good news is that the deals could finally be set to be completed in the coming days, after a prolonged saga.
In other Rangers transfer news, Harry Redknapp has delivered his verdict on the club’s summer transfer business.