Report: Ex-Champions League defender in training with Rangers; could he earn Ibrox move?

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Rangers appear to have taken a former international defender on trial.

Slovenia's Milivoje Novakovic and USA's Oguchi Onyewu (L) in action

According to STV, former United States international Oguchi Onyewu has begun training with Rangers in a bid to win a deal with the Ibrox side.

Rangers have snapped up a host of new signings this summer, with Matt Gilks, Clint Hill, Joey Barton, Jordan Rossiter and Niko Kranjcar all arriving, as well as Accrington duo Matt Crooks and Josh Windass, who penned pre-contract agreements with the club in January.

Sheffield Wednesday's Oguchi Onyewu in action with Brighton's Jesse Lingard (R)

Despite signing veteran defender Hill, adding another centre back is key for Rangers and manager Mark Warburton, with experience still needed at the back.

Talks have been held with former Crystal Palace, Reading and Watford defender Adrian Mariappa according to the Daily Record, but now a new face has joined Rangers for training.

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With Rangers over in America for a pre-season tour, former United States international Oguchi Onyewu has begun training with the Gers, according to STV.

Onyewu, 34, has been without a club since May 2015 having left Charlton Athletic, and whilst he's had trials with Major League Soccer club New York City FC, he's remained unsigned - and Rangers could now offer him a route back into football.

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Onyewu, who stands at a giant 6ft 4in tall, has Champions League experience to his name from his days with AC Milan, and also turned out for the likes of Standard Liege, Newcastle United, Sporting CP, Malaga and Sheffield Wednesday in a nomadic career.

With Rangers needing a veteran presence at the back on Onyewu being available on a free transfer, the player could feasibly earn a permanent move to Ibrox if he impresses manager Mark Warburton, but he must prove his fitness after so long without a club.

Alternatively, this simply could be two parties helping each other out. Oguchi needs to pick up his fitness if he is to earn a contract elsewhere, and Rangers being in the United States makes it convenient for him, whilst Rangers get an extra body for their tour as they look for a new centre back elsewhere.

It remains to be seen whether Rangers' interest in Onyewu is genuine, but he's training with the club - and now has the chance to impress Warburton.

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