Journalist says two senior Rangers men have lost their place to emerging star ,one certain to depart Ibrox.

Journalist says two senior Rangers men have lost their place to emerging star ,one certain to depart Ibrox.

Rangers boss Philippe Clement has praised winger Oscar Cortes after a promising performance against Ayr United on Saturday evening.

Rangers advanced in the Scottish Cup after defeating Scott Brown’s Ayr United at Ibrox.

With goals from Borna Barisic and Fabio Silva, the Gers advanced to the quarterfinals.

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but he will undoubtedly want to win another trophy having winning the Scottish League Cup earlier this season.

This could have been a much more emphatic victory on the scoreboard,

but the performance was superb, particularly from newcomer Oscar Cortes.

Philippe Clement praised Rangers talent. Oscar Cortes,

a Colombian winger who joined Rangers on loan from Lens before the transfer deadline,

is hoping to regain his form at Ibrox.

Cortes only joined Lens in the summer after impressing in Colombia,

but he was not given much of an opportunity in France.

Cortes, who is now aiming for a permanent move to Glasgow,

made a strong impression on Saturday.

Cortes hit the post with just over a minute on the clock and had a fizzing strike saved only five minutes later.

The 20-year-old then set up Barisic for the opening goal and continued to terrorise the Ayr defence,

sending a left-footed shot wide of the post before halftime.

Cortes made a good maiden start following two substitute outings,

and Rangers manager Clement appears pleased with what he’s seen.

Clement lauded Cortes’ performances on and off the field in an interview with BBC Sport following Saturday’s victory.

Clement also reports that the Rangers recruitment staff has had Cortes on their radar for some time,

feeling he would be a good match at Ibrox.

“We see why we bring him,” Clement explained. “He is someone who can aid the club and is comfortable with his football style.

He had six months in Lens, where they had a different style, and he didn’t play many minutes –

or nearly nothing – but it’s nice that our recruiting knew him for a long time and thought he would fit the club and the squad,

and he might contribute something that we need.

“It’s clear already from the first training that he can help us with achieving our goals,” he said.

Cortes is still a raw talent, and Rangers fans will be hoping to see him flourish against Scottish Premiership opposition,

a significant step up from facing Ayr.

Cortes is going to be rusty after a dismal first half of the season with Lens, but there are some encouraging indications.

Clement has been charmed by Cortes in training, and his influence against Ayr was obvious,

so we can only hope to see more of him in a Rangers shirt.

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