By Danny Wright
Rangers could secure the signing of Santos Laguna right-back Jose Javier Abella within a week, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that the 23-year-old may move to Ibrox alongside Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera in the coming days, with the duo still awaiting work permits.
It is understood that Abella is a long-term target of Pedro Caixinha, who is looking to make big additions to his squad this summer and has already captured Bruno Alves, Ryan Jack, Dalcio and Fabio Cardoso.
Santos Laguna president Alejandro Irarragorri has confirmed that Rangers are in talks with his club over a player, but has not specified who it may be.
“I talk a lot with Pedro Caixinha and he has good reason for taking the two Mexicans to Scottish football,” said Irarragorri, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“And there is a player at Santos that interests him. We are in negotiations about him.
“I think it’s wonderful that we can contribute to the internationalisation of Mexican football.”
Abella has spent his whole career with Santos Laguna, who are one of Caixinha’s former clubs and evidently still has close ties to despite them being understood to be a Celtic feeder team.
The defender has played 13 times for the Liga MX side this season, adding to his 133 total appearances for the club.
He has three caps for the Mexico Under-20s side and has also represented his nation at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Football Insider Verdict
There looks like there are going to be big groups of both Portuguese and Mexican players at Ibrox when Rangers’ season starts at the end of this month. Caixinha seems desperate to make big changes to his squad, but it appears not many people know a lot about his new recruits other than Alves and Jack. That could be a really good thing though. It doesn’t matter if the fans know them, or the opposition knows them – it matters if Caixinha does, and the Portuguese boss must have complete faith in these players otherwise he simply wouldn’t be signing them. One worry, however, would be that he is signing too many players, and that could lead to a very disjointed squad.
In other Rangers news, this Gers defender has delivered his thoughts on making his international debut on Tuesday.