As Rangers are linked to ex-Sheriff striker Frank Castaneda, links between Russian outfit Sochi and the Colombian may interest Gers amid “Scottish” links to forward Mateo Cassierra.

The Sunday Post led with the story concerning reported Rangers interest in Castaneda as they also mused over those conflicting reports surrounding Alfredo Morelos.

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But the report is clear that it’s not just Rangers reportedly eyeing Colombian frontman Castaneda, with Italian clubs Empoli and Salernitana, Turkish club Samsunspor, Bundesliga outfit Augsburg and – most pertinently – Russian side Sochi all linked.

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

Where things get interesting with Sochi concerns claims last month that an unnamed Scottish club are interested in a move for their own resident Colombian forward Mateo Cassierra.

Originating in publication Championat, although Rangers are not mentioned the fact Cassierra is both Colombian and an ex-Ajax star had plenty turning their heads.

Rangers and Sochi linked to Frank Castaneda amid Mateo Cassierra claims

The 24-year-old Sochi striker turned out for the Amsterdam club during a time when now Rangers assistant Dave Vos was working in the background of the club.

Whilst there is no suggestion the two moves are related, it’s interesting to consider that Sochi are on the hunt for a new striker amid exit links surrounding Mateo Cassierra.

In his first season in Russia, Cassierra has netted eight goals and scored three assists for Sochi and this has apparently piqued the interest of someone in Scotland.

It’s interesting too that Rangers are also being linked to Frank Castaneda with it unclear if both are Ibrox targets or if Sochi are hoping the ex-Sheriff forward can bolster their attack alongside their resident Colombian.

Russian Football Premier League: FC Sochi vs CSKA Moscow
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There’s a feeling in Rangers circles that the Ibrox club could use two more attackers – namely a striker and a right-winger – with the latter taking precedence amongst recent reports.

Able to play across the frontline, this certainly suggest Frank Castaneda is a one size fits all solution but as things stand there is no suggestion Rangers are closing in on a deal for either player.

Or that Sochi are looking to replace Mateo Cassierra with his fellow Colombian.

Meanwhile, one frozen-out Rangers star could be on the move this month as an ex-Premier League “admirer” reportedly prepares an approach.

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