Following Chivas’ Jose Luis Higuera’s recent visit to Ibrox, it’s looking likely that a link-up between the Mexican giants and the Rangers might be in the cards. What does it mean? Perhaps something of a partnership could be in the works.
The Chivas’ Chief Exec. flew into Glasgow at the start of this month to visit the ‘Gers training ground and have dinner with boss Pedro Caixinha. Caixinha spent time managing Central America’s Santos Laguna and helped them clinch the Mexican title, and it looks as though he will capitalise on this and form a connection with one of Mexico’s biggest clubs, too. Chivas aka Club Deportivo Guadalajara is known for only using Mexican players. It’s a strategy that seems to be paying off as they have won a total of 12 Liga MX titles including the 2017 Championship.
Known as one of the most influential figures in Mexican football, Higuera has a high reputation and is a savvy business man (he is CEO of Ominilife Chivas group). A link between his club and the Rangers could reap benefits for both teams.
Whilst neither team has officially announced a partnership, it seems that Higuera certainly enjoyed his visit. Sharing photos of the trip across his social media platforms he commented that he “had a great dinner and learned a lot about football…I have started a great relationship with Rangers F.C.”
The Rangers, of course, signed Mexican player Eduardo Herrera earlier this summer, and former Chivas player Carlos Pens has recently been welcomed into the fold as well. The ‘Gers, who are currently ranked fifth in the Scottish Premiership, will next face Dundee on September 9th. Alfredo Morelos will be performing as he one of the top scorers in the league with 75% shots on target and 243 minutes spent on the pitch.
Caixinha has taken full reign of the club since his appointment in March. Despite facing criticism from Michael O’Halloran (currently on loan to St Johnson) over his training methods, the Portuguese manager negotiated many transfers and deals over the summer. He also oversaw the ‘Gers first entrance since 2012 into the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa League.
While he’s not shy about bringing international players to the team, Caixinha has recently stated that he wants his homegrown players to raise their game and increase their likelihood of a selection for the Scottish national team in the World Cup.
Celtic players including ‘Invincibles’ Leigh Griffiths and Stuart Armstrong have dominated the Scottish squad recently and Caixinha thinks it’s time that the Scots on his team strengthen their resolve and force their way into contention.
Speaking to Rangers TV about international transfers and loans, he commented that “it is important for our players when they go there that they receive minutes…Rangers needs to have not only players in those (inter)national teams, but also we want to have players in the Scottish national team.”
If there was any doubt that Caixinha’s focus for the remainder of the year will be on getting Rangers players into the 2018 Scotland FIFA squad, the following statement makes his intentions very clear: “It’s one of the goals from us. We know they are doing well and we expect them at least to make the playoffs, and we want to have a contribution from our players in that run.”