Eduardo Herrera pens Rangers deal

Eduardo Herrera has become part of Pedro Caixinha’s Rangers revolution after sealing an £800,000 switch from UNAM in Mexico.

Herrera's move comes at the same time as fellow Mexican Carlos Pena's signing was completed, with both players registered for the first round of the Europa League and taking Caixinha's summer recruits to eight.

With a fee agreed in advance with the Liga MX outfit, the 28-year-old striker flew into Glasgow on June 4 and was put through his paces by the club’s medical staff.

Herrera passed the medical and flew back home to await work permit approval, which arrived in due course and allowed him to travel back to the UK this week to finalise the transfer - Herrera signing a deal to keep him at the club until 2020.

Herrera joins the striking options at Ibrox and could spearhead the attack in a new-look side. Arriving from the side known as Pumas in his homeland, the forward was most recently on loan at another Mexican side, Veracruz.

Six goals in 28 appearances, including three goals in four games in the CONCACAF Champions League, was Herrera’s return at the club. But it all started for the tall striker at UNAM, beginning his senior career at the club in 2007 at the age of 18.

The team is called Club Universidad Nacional and represents the National Autonomous University of Mexico – hence the ‘UNAM’ name. Playing for the side in his city of birth, Mexico City, Herrera  would make flitting appearances until solidifying a place in the team come the 2011-2012 season.

Nine goals were notched across 41 appearances and he followed that up the following campaign with eight goals in the same amount of games. It was in season 2013-2014 that Herrera would first team up with Caixinha, with the Ibrox boss in charge at that time of Santos Laguna.

A season-long loan deal at Caixinha’s side would see the striker find the net five times in 21 appearances, with Santos winning the 2014 Apertura competition, before he returned to UNAM.  Caixinha expressed his regret at not making Herrera’s switch a permanent one at Santos Laguna, as he praised the target man. He said: "He was a player who contributed a lot at the time at Santos. He’s improved every year and is now a complete striker. He’s Mexican, he’s very professional and he scores goals. He was a great player for me."

He was a player who contributed a lot at the time at Santos. He’s improved every year and is now a complete striker.

Herrera clearly benefitted from the loan spell at Santos and working under Caixinha, as he returned to his hometown club to fire his best return of 18 goals across 37 matches for the Pumas. His form didn’t go unnoticed, as Mexican national team boss Miguel Herrera rewarded him with his first call-up in March of that season.

After making his international debut against Ecuador in a brief cameo from the bench, Herrera played from the start just a few days later and scored the only goal of a friendly win over Paraguay, being replaced on the hour mark by former Manchester United ace Javier Hernandez.

He would be involved in a Mexico squad another ten times, scoring twice in a Guatamela friendly victory in May 2015, with his last involvement coming as an unused substitute in a 2-0 win over Canada in World Cup qualifying in March last year.

The attacker would then go on to have a very similar season to 2014-2015 in the following campaign as he bagged 17 goals for UNAM, stretched across 45 matches for the Mexicans, before going out on loan to fellow Liga MX outfit Veracruz for the season just past.

Though not the prolific striker many Rangers supporters would be hoping for, in some seasons his goal tally has been impressive and perhaps alongside a more clinical forward, Herrera could prove to be a big player for Rangers as a secondary striker.