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Rangers release Juanma Ortiz
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Filled in: Soccer News | 12/7/2012 at 5:25am

Rangers have reached an agreement with midfielder Juanma Ortiz that has seen the Spaniard’s contract terminated by mutual consent.

The 30-year-old moved to Ibrox last summer from Almeria but returned to his former club on loan for the second half of last season.

The ex-Athletico Madrid youngster had agreed to have his contract switched to newco Rangers but has now left the club after an agreement was reached.

Rangers chief executive Charles Green confirmed Ortiz was free to find a new club and would not be treated like other players who have departed over the summer.

International clearance for the transfers of Steve Davis, Kyle Lafferty, Jamie Ness, Steven Whittaker and Steven Naismith has been put on hold as Green continues to dispute the players’ status.

Naismith has moved to Everton, Whittaker has signed for Norwich and Ness has joined Stoke.

Northern Irish duo Davis and Lafferty are at Southampton and Swiss side Sion respectively while goalkeeper Allan McGregor is in talks with Turkish club Besiktas.

But Ortiz, who is expected to join Granada, will face no action from Rangers when he signs for a new club.

Green said of the agreement: “The club would like to wish Juanma well for the future.

“The club will not have any objection to an International Transfer Certificate being provided by the SFA and the player has conducted himself in the correct manner.”

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