Rangers in Talks with Lens Over Loan Return for Oscar Cortes

Rangers manager Philippe Clement has confirmed the club are in discussions with Lens regarding a possible return for Colombian winger Oscar Cortes.

The 20-year-old impressed during a short loan spell at Ibrox in January, registering a goal and an assist in just three Scottish Premiership appearances before an injury ended his season prematurely.

“We are talking with Lens about what the situation is because in this situation it is a different situation from when he was fit,” Clement told Rangers Review.

“At the moment he was fit he was showing the right things, but it was really short-term. Then it needs to be at the right price.”

Cortes’ injury struggles are a concern for Clement, who is hesitant to commit to a big-money transfer for a player with fitness issues.

“That is something to discuss [another loan switch],” Clement added. “We will see what is said in the talks with Lens. I cannot say just now.”

Another loan deal could be the preferred option for both clubs. It would allow Rangers to assess Cortes’ fitness over a longer period, while giving the winger a chance to prove himself.

The news that discussions are already underway is a positive sign for Rangers fans who were impressed by Cortes’ early glimpses in a Light Blues shirt.