Rangers Loan Trio Experience Mixed Fortunes Away from Ibrox

Three Rangers players, Jose Cifuentes, Ianis Hagi, and Sam Lammers, have faced varying experiences during their loan spells away from Ibrox Stadium.

Despite their significant pedigree, these players have found themselves surplus to requirements at Rangers, leading to loan moves. As their temporary stints progress, questions arise about their future at the club.

With the trio still under contract with Rangers for a considerable period, decisions loom for manager Philippe Clement as the summer transfer window approaches.

These loan deals collectively cost Rangers close to £3 million per annum, adding to the stakes of their potential returns or permanent departures.

Jose Cifuentes’ Uncertain Future

Jose Cifuentes’ loan move to Cruzeiro has been intriguing, with the Ecuadorian midfielder recently making only his second start for the Brazilian club. While his performances haven’t been disastrous, with a notable display in a 0-0 draw in the Copa Sudamericana, his lack of starts raises doubts about a permanent switch.

Cifuentes, on loan until next January with a £2.5 million option-to-buy for Cruzeiro, may need to impress more to secure a permanent move. Otherwise, he faces returning to Rangers halfway through his four-year deal, having joined from LAFC last summer.

Ianis Hagi’s Return to Ibrox

Ianis Hagi’s departure from Rangers to Alavés in La Liga came after seeking more playing time following recovery from injury. However, his stint in Spain hasn’t gone as expected, leading to speculation about his return to Rangers.

Despite being out of the Alavés side, the Romanian playmaker’s strong affinity with Rangers may see him back at Ibrox. Philippe Clement will assess Hagi’s situation before deciding on his future with the club.

Sam Lammers’ Success in Holland

Sam Lammers, the Dutch forward signed for Rangers last summer, has found success during his loan spell at Utrecht. Despite struggling to make an impact in Glasgow, Lammers has excelled in the Eredivisie, scoring in six consecutive games to equal a 40-year-old record at Utrecht.

With eight goals in total for the Dutch team, Lammers’ form suggests a return to Rangers is unlikely. Dutch football seems to be his preferred environment, marking a contrasting outcome to his time in Scotland.

Given the current situation, it seems most likely that only Sam Lammers will be sold for now. Jose Sifuentos, on the other hand, has all the chances to become a long-term problem for the club.