Carlos Cuellar may have said goodbye to Sunderland with a return to his native Spain in the offing, but an approach from Rangers may change things.
His time in the Scottish Premier League may have been short and sweet, but Carlos Cuellar nevertheless remains highly-regarded around Glasgow, having won a league and league cup double with the Gers during a memorable campaign that also saw them reach the UEFA Cup Final.
Sold to Martin O’Neill’s Aston Villa the following summer for a hefty £7.8 million, the Spaniard thrived in his first three seasons at the club, as the Clarets flirted with Champions League football and came close to winning a League Cup.
But a change in manager saw things shift for the Spaniard and in 2011 he looked on the verge of a return to Ibrox with the teams agreeing a fee over the summer, only for the deal falling through at the last minute due to concerns over an injury.
Cuellar would play one more season at Villa before moving to Sunderland on a free transfer, where a positive opening season gave way to another spell on the sidelines.
And after making just five appearances for the Black Cats this term, the Spaniard appears to have signalled his intentions to depart the Stadium of Light, taking to Twitter to send his regards to the club.
"It’s been a pleasure to be a Black Cat," he tweeted.
But with nothing in the way of a new club confirmed, it’s perhaps not beyond the realm of possibility that Rangers could launch a bid for the player.
Keen to pick up bargains wherever they can, Cuellar would be a dream free transfer for McCoist and the kind of defender to give the Gers the solid base required to return to the Scottish top-flight.
And while Cuellar may favour a move to the lower leagues of Spain, the reality is that Rangers may be able to offer the 32-year-old better terms and a genuine chance at silverware.