It’s safe to say Jose Cifuentes’ much-hyped transfer to Rangers hasn’t worked out.
The Ecuador international has been injured for some of it, and out-of-favour the rest, and while initially he looked like a technically-strong and powerful midfielder, clearly the lad didn’t settle in Scotland.
When we looked at his CV, the first big red flag was that this was yet another USA-based player who had never played in a European league. Being South American, the lad had moved north to LAFC and made his career in the bright lights of the MLS, but there’s a world of difference between low-pressure MLS and the rampant expectation you’re under at Rangers.
He never looked particularly happy with this move, speaking little-to-nothing of it on his social media (which he packed with his national team and former side), and recently posted a bizarre cryptic bible verse (since removed) meaning… no one knows for sure.
And of course Rangers have accepted a loan with offer to buy from Turkish side Çaykur Rizespor, where if the loan works out they’ll likely pay £2M in the summer.
Cifu’s stock has plummeted.
From the ‘next big thing’ he’s faded badly at Rangers, just not fitting in and not settling – he had all the theoretical tools to be a colossal enforcer, but just didn’t click with the climate, team, and general play, and looked completely at odds with his new environment. He’s not been part of Philippe Clement’s Rangers at all, really.
We actually don’t blame Mick Beale for this one – aside the ‘never playing outside MLS’ aspect Cifu did seem to have the tools to succeed at a higher level of football, given he was an Ecuador international.
But he’s failed in Govan. He’s just not settled at Rangers and all-in-all it’s a signing which hasn’t worked out.
It’s better for all parties if he accepts the offer and moves on, and we wish him well in his likely new career in Turkey.
Mind you, that is one toxic league to go to. Out of the frying pan into the fire?