Manager of international midfielder says Rangers deal all but done
By Danny Wright
Guadalajara manager Matias Almeyda has confirmed that midfielder Carlos Pena’s move to Rangers is all but done.
Speaking in a press conference that was covered by Marca, the Argentine boss said that a deal for the Mexican international is “almost certain”.
He has been on loan at Leon for the second half of the season but is still currently one of Almeyda’s players.
“I think it’s almost closed, ‘Gullit’ is going to be sold to Scottish football and hopefully he can have the experience of playing in another league and in another country. It will help him a lot to grow as a player and as a person,” said Almeyda, as quoted by Marca.
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“I have given a letter a few days ago [to Gers boss Pedro Caixinha] recommending him so that he can succeed in their football, which is very competitive and very attractive.”
Caixinha has links to Mexican football and was the previous manager of Santos Laguna, who are one of Guadalajara’s rivals in Liga MX.
Pena, 27, would become the second signing of the summer at Ibrox after Bruno Alves was confirmed as a Rangers player on Wednesday as Caixinha exercises yet more of his contacts in both Mexican and Portuguese football.
A 19-time Mexico international, Pena has spent half of the season on loan with Leon after struggling to hold down a starting spot with parent club Chivas.
In all competitions this season, the midfielder has made 23 appearances, scoring three goals and supplying one assist.
He can play in an attacking midfield role or even on the left wing.
Football Insider Verdict
Caixinha is aiming to get a lot of his deals done before Rangers return for pre-season training ahead of their early Europa League qualifiers so it’s definitely good to see that he is making progress. However Pena doesn’t strike as a player who seems like he will be up to the physicality of Scotland and could struggle to make a switch to the Ibrox midfield. Caixinha wanted people with knowledge of Gers and Scotland in his backroom staff so it would make sense if he also installed that logic into his playing squad ahead of what is going to be another hard season next time out.
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