Rangers have been linked with a move for ex-Sheriff Tiraspol attacker Frank Castaneda following the expiration of his contract at the controversial Moldovan Champions.

The Colombian forward was a major player for Sheriff over two years at the club and even played in that famous 2-1 Champions League victory over Real Madrid.

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The link first appeared in the Sunday Post and comes after the 27-year-old forward’s contract expired at the club, which is located in the unrecognised breakaway state of Transnistria.

According to that report, Rangers are mulling over a January move for the free agent alongside Italian clubs Empoli and Salernitana, Turkish club Samsunspor, Sochi of Russia and Bundesliga outfit Augsburg.

Having started his career in Venezuela, Frank Castaneda had spells in Colombia and then Slovakia before agreeing to move to Sheriff Tiraspol.

In 73 games for the Moldovan Champions, Frank Castaneda hit 42 goals and laid on 26 assists, finishing the league’s leading goalscorer in 20/21 (28 goals).

Castaneda also helped Sheriff Tiraspol to Champions League qualification – and the monumental £40m jackpot that comes with it – by scoring against Red Star Belgrade in the qualifiers.

Rangers linked to Frank Castaneda amid Sheriff Tiraspol controversy

It’s important to note that the Sunday Post report also touches on reported Newcastle United interest in Alfredo Morelos but doesn’t appear to suggest the two moves are linked.

Sheriff Tiraspol are also a club shrouded in controversy with Transnistria claiming to be the last surviving outpost of the Soviet Union.

The club’s success has been shrouded in accusations of criminality, corruption, mafia conspiracies, money laundering as explained by Slava Malamud below. Read this thread:

Frank Castaneda has certainly posted impressive numbers but we’re not exactly sure the Moldovan National Division boasts the most competitive league.

Nonetheless, we’ll keep an eye on this one and see how it progresses as Rangers look to bolster their squad ahead of the rest of the season.

Rangers have already made one move in this window in James Sands and read what a leading American football journalist had to say about Ibrox’s newest recruit.

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