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Ortiz joins Rangers

Rangers have signed midfielder Juanma Ortiz on a three-year deal from relegated Almeria.

Ortiz joins Rangers - Football - SPLAFP

Ortiz, 29, is the first player to join the SPL champions since Ally McCoist took over as manager and is a further boost after Allan McGregor and Steven Whittaker penned new contracts.

"He's a big signing," assistant manager Kenny McDowall said. "Because we are not spending millions and millions it doesn't mean the guys we are bringing in won't be up to scratch.

"Juan can play as a right midfielder and in both full-back positions but we are looking at the more forward-thinking aspects of his play."

Formed at Atletico Madrid, Ortiz has also played for Osasuna and Poli Ojido and scored nine goals in 126 league matches for Almeria.

Almeria reached the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup last season but suffered the agony of the drop, finishing bottom with 30 points.

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