Forgotten Rangers misfit Jose Cifuentes has finally started a game for Cruzeiro two-and-a-half months after leaving Ibrox on loan.

And the Ecuadorian midfielder admitted he has to improve.

He made just six league starts for the Ibrox side after costing them £1.2 million from Los Angeles FC last summer and was sent off in his last Premiership game against Dundee in December before moving on loan to Brazil.

Cifuentes claimed he turned down clubs in England, Russia and Turkey to move to Cruzeiro and his move was initially delayed because of red tape.

But it took him until this week to actually start a game in a goalless draw against Union La Calera after seven appearances off the bench.

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And the 25-year-old acknowledged he has to do more to get regular game time.

He said: "I personally need to improve a lot of things. I know that.

"I need to make better decisions on the pitch when I have come on previously. I think you could say that about a lot of our team though because we should have won that game.

"We all need to be self-critical and evaluate what we lacked and where we still need to improve."

Cruzeiro have an option to buy Cifuentes when his loan deal expires at the end of this year and he still has over three years of his deal left at Rangers.