Jurgen Klinsmann has told Carlos Bocanegra that his international future may be in jeopardy if he opts to remain with Rangers.
The USA international, who has earned 110 caps for his country, has spent the season on loan at Spanish Segunda side Racing Santander following the Scottish side’s demotion to the Third Division.
Bocanegra is due to return to the newly promoted Glasgow outfit next term, but USA boss Klinsmann feels the 33-year-old would do well to move away from Ibrox and protect his place in the national team.
“Next year, they are in the second division which is the third highest division in Scotland. Rangers is Rangers, one of the biggest clubs in history,” Klinsmann said.
“But that division in Scotland, I’m not sure if that’s where you want to be.
“Players make their own decisions and they have to deal with the consequences of that.”
Former Germany boss Klinsmann was keen to stress that Bocanegra’s place is by no means secure if he does leave Rangers and that there are a number of players eager to step in and take their chance.
He added: “Carlos is aware of that and knows at the end of the day that it’s a continual competition.”