At LAST! After 36 hours of virtual silence Rangers finally confirm Colombian Óscar Manuel Cortés Cortés as Philippe Clement’s third January signing, and while we’d love to hope a striker is coming in too, we’ll remain modest with those expectations.
But the winger is here, and we have to say this signing is up there with Mohamed Diomande for quality and potential – a 20-year-old who impressed with Lens but just couldn’t supplant established talent and names in his position, and who is determined to showcase himself at Ibrox.
It happens all the time, when great players are on benches simply because the team is getting results and managers have preferred selection – Cortes is one such player with all the talent in the world and a market value of £4M despite his young age.
He has 100% been signed to play and his career stats show why:
41 senior appearances in football, 11 goals and 8 assists at just 20 is a solid return.
But it gets better.
For his final season in Colombia, it was 6 goals and 3 assists in 19, before he arguably peaked at a higher level in France:
4 goals, 2 assists in 10. That’s 6 goal contributions in 10, over 50% at a level much, much higher than his homeland.
He just couldn’t eke his way into Lens’ team permanently, despite impressing when he played, and now he seeks to properly establish himself for a goliath of a team in Rangers.
Throughout his whole career his goals and assists have always been a 50% contribution level – and if he realises his potential at Rangers and improves under the careful management of Philippe Clement, Rangers really could have a bit of a star on their hands.
We’ll temper our expectations – we all expected Rabbi Matondo to be the Second Coming as well, and that didn’t quite materialise.
But this lad has all the tools to make it happen.
Welcome to Rangers Oscar!