David Weir claims Oguchi Onyewu could join Rangers permanently, decision this week

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David Weir has discussed the possibility of Rangers landing Oguchi Onyewu.

Rangers' manager Mark Warburton (L) and assistant manager David WeirRangers' manager Mark Warburton (L) and assistant manager David Weir

Rangers assistant manager David Weir has told the Glasgow Evening Times that trialist Oguchi Onyewu has every chance to win a contract with the club.

Manager Mark Warburton may have brought in eight new faces this summer, but even after landing Clint Hill, more experience is still needed in defence.

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

Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson had their struggles last season, especially in the Scottish Cup final as Rangers threw away a 2-1 lead to lose 3-2 to Hibernian.

With the step up to the Scottish Premiership following promotion last season, another veteran presence alongside the likes of Hill and Lee Wallace would be a huge benefit to Warburton's men and in terms of helping develop Kiernan and Wilson.

Last week, Rangers flew out for a pre-season tour of the United States, and they were joined by a new face in defender Oguchi Onyewu.

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Onyewu, 34, has been without a club since leaving Charlton Athletic at the end of the 2014/15 season, but is now keen to get back into the game - and has been offered a chance to do so by Rangers, who have offered the giant centre back a trial.

The former United States international has bags of experience having played for the likes of Standard Liege, Newcastle, Sporting CP and Malaga, whilst he even played for AC Milan in the Champions League at one stage of his career.

Now, Rangers assistant boss David Weir has told the Glasgow Evening Times that whilst Onyewu has been in the footballing wilderness for over a year, he could sign a permanent deal with Rangers - and the Gers will decide whether he has earned a contract this week.

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"We all know he is an experienced player. We’re having a look at him and he’s having a look at us," said Weir. "It’s a difficult situation but he has handled it really well and he has socialised really well. I think there is a chance he will win a contract. We wouldn’t have invited him here if we didn’t think he had a chance."

"We’ve got until the end of the week to make our minds up. We’ll give him our thought and he will give us his thoughts and we will see where we are at. The decision has to be right for all parties. Since he left Charlton he has been training with DC United for a period of time."

"He just wants to know what his next challenge is. He still wants to play and he wants to contribute. He wants a challenge that excites him. He has options in the USA and he wants to have options in Europe too," he added.

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