Rangers Academy goalkeeper Aaron Cervantes has joined Partick Thistle on a seven-day emergency loan deal [Ptfc.co.uk].
Cervantes was signed by Rangers from Orange County SC in October 2020, becoming the first player to make a move to Ibrox from a partner club.
Things haven’t gone to plan for him so far, though.
He didn’t actually move over to Glasgow until April 2021 and since making his debut for the U18s later that month, he’s struggled for playing time.
The 19-year-old had been playing first-team football in the States but hasn’t even been able to break into the Rangers B team, with Jay Hogarth and Lewis Budinauckas keeping him out.
An opportunity has now presented itself, though, in the form of a short-term loan move to Firhill.
The deal was announced this morning (Saturday) and Thistle confirmed that he will go straight into their matchday squad for a Scottish Cup Fourth Round tie against Airdrieonians in Maryhill this afternoon.
“Our thanks go to Rangers for loaning us Aaron on a seven-day emergency loan,” said Jags boss Ian McCall [Ptfc.co.uk].
“With Harry Stone being recalled by Hearts earlier this window and Mason McCready cup-tied, we were short in the goalkeeping area.”
Jamie Sneddon is McCall’s first-choice goalkeeper and he’s likely to start the match, but Cervantes will no doubt be raring to go if the 24-year-old picks up an injury.
Cervantes is the second young Rangers goalkeeper to head out on an emergency loan in this window, after 16-year-old Scott Cowie joined Falkirk at the beginning of the month.