By Matt Farr
Rangers new signing Carlos Pena could use his move to Ibrox as a stepping stone to the Premier League, according to the player’s representative.
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Pena becomes the eighth summer signing of a mass overhaul of the first-team squad, joining fellow Mexican international Eduardo Herrera as the newest member of Pedro Caixinha’s squad.
However, while Pena is set to embark upon a three-year tenure at the Glasgow club, his agent Salvador Necochea has hinted that his client has a future in England’s top-tier.
He told the Evening Times: “The objective is for Carlos to return to the level he was at a couple of years ago if he focuses 100 per cent on football and works hard.
“If he manages to do that, within no more than a couple of years he should be able to move to an English Premier League team, which is our aim.
“If he gets to the level we all know he can reach, he can do it.”
Yet while Pena’s recent arrival leaves Rangers fans excited at the prospect of seeing their latest new recruit in action for the first-team, Necochea’s bold claim that he may not be a long-term asset could also worry some fans.
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha became aware of Pena’s talents during his time as manager of Mexican outfit Santos Laguna, with Pena having spent his entire career playing in his homeland.
He follows the signings of Bruno Alves, Ryan Jack, Fabio Cardoso, Dalcio, Daniel Candeias, Alfredo Morelos and Herrera at Ibrox, and he could make his debut in the Europa League as early as Thursday.
Rangers are set to face Luxembourg outfit Progres Niederkorn at Ibrox in the Europa League first qualifying round, handing the club’s new recruits their first chance to impress in a competitive fixture.
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