ECUADOR World Cup star Jeremy Sarmiento's father has revealed his son could have signed for Rangers when he was a youngster.

The Brighton winger was eligible to play for Spain, England and Ecuador and chose to play for the South American nation and was called up for the Qatar tournament.

He arrived at Premier League high-fliers Brighton last year after spells at Charlton Athletic as a kid and Benfica.

But his dad Leonel revealed the 20-year-old could have signed for the Ibrox club after he was offered a contract from Rangers when he was younger.

He said: "We moved to London when he was seven and he played a lot of street football there.

"When he was older, he got noticed and he had four offers of contracts from clubs - Chelsea, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace and Rangers.

"He wanted to stay in London and signed for Charlton.

"He had the opportunity to play Under 19s for Ecuador, Spain and England. I always told him he would play in a World Cup one day.

"And he has managed it with Ecuador - my country."

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