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3rd Apr, 2017 | 12:57pm

Caixinha favourite makes emphatic decision amid reported Rangers interest

By Matt Farr

Rangers have been dealt a killer blow in their reported pursuit of defender Carlos Izquierdoz this summer.

The Daily Record reported last week that manager Pedro Caixinha could be set to make a move for the 28-year-old defender, whom he worked with at Santos Laguna.

However, Izquierdoz has subsequently agreed to sign a new three-year deal at the Mexican club, despite the reported potential reunion with his former chief.

The club provided confirmation of the new deal on their official Twitter account on Sunday. including a statement from the club, as well as the caption ‘for three more seasons.’

The powerful Argentinian defender admitted he was aware of the interest from Scotland, but chose instead to extend his stay with Santos Laguna, where his family have now settled.

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He told the Daily Record: “I’d heard the rumours about me joining up with Pedro Caixinha in Scotland, although there was nothing concrete. But for family reasons I want to stay here.

“I have renewed my contract, I am happy here, my family are happy and I am grateful for the help I have received at Santos.

“All I want to do is to get Santos as high up the table as possible and be successful.”

Caixinha brought Izquierdoz to Santos Laguna three years ago, and would have been a trusted addition his Rangers squad in the summer.

The Portuguese knows what the defender is capable of, and he would have a clear understanding of what Caixinha would want from him at Ibrox.

But the new Rangers chief must now turn his attention to other, perhaps more widely reported targets, ahead of his summer overhaul of the first team squad.

Football Insider verdict

This summer’s transfer activity will be crucial for Caixinha to get right, because he will need to find a balance between acquiring his own trusted talent, and players that can improve the squad. In the first sense, Izquierdoz’s new deal is a blow, because Caixinha knows the player and what he could offer; however, on the other hand, it enables him to focus on players that are certain to make an impact at Ibrox. A move for Izquierdoz came with the inevitable risk that he would fail to perform in Scotland, so the ‘snub’ could be seen as a potential blessing in disguise for them.

In other Rangers transfer news, Emerson Hyndman has issued a response to the reported interest in his services from rivals Celtic.

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