PHILIPPE Clement has revealed that Rangers are in talks with French club Lens about extending Oscar Cortes’ stay at Ibrox even though the Colombian loanee will not play again this season.

Clement has hoped the winger, who suffered a muscle injury which required surgery in the cinch Premiership match against Kilmarnock back in February, would return to action before the end of the 2023/24 campaign.

However, the Belgian, whose team take on the Rugby Park side in the league in Govan tomorrow afternoon, yesterday confirmed that neither the 20-year-old or long-term absentee Danilo would feature this term.

The Rangers manager, though, indicated that he is keen to keep Cortes, who impressed supporters with his lively displays out wide after arriving in January, in Glasgow after his current agreement expires, either in a permanent deal or on loan again. 

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“We are talking with Lens about what the situation is because in this situation it is a different situation from when he was fit,” he said.

“At the moment he was fit he was showing the right things, but it was really short term. Then it needs to be at the right price.”

The Herald: Asked about the possibility of Cortes returning to Rangers on loan next season, Clement added: “That is something to discuss. We will see what is said in the talks with Lens. I cannot say just now.”

Meanwhile, Clement has welcomed Rangers goalkeeper Jack Butland and right back James Tavernier being nominated for the PFA Scotland Premiership Player of the Year award by their fellow professionals and Ibrox winger Ross McCausland entering the running for the Young Player of the Year honour.

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“They were booed off the pitch a few times six months ago,” he said. “The club was not in the right place. So it's also proved there has been a good evolution made in the club.

“You can only be nominated if your team is doing the right things. It's a collective sport so it means, at Rangers, something has gone well. Not everything yet, we know and we're working hard on that to make it better and to make it more consistent.

“I see that Ross last season trained five times the whole season with the first squad and he's now nominated for that prize. That's a really positive thing for all the academy and everybody who worked closely in the youth teams and the first team with Ross and Ross himself for the way he's worked all this time.”