'Miles off' - Chris Sutton slams Pedro Caixinha decision ahead of Rangers loss v Celtic
By Danny Wright
Chris Sutton has slammed Pedro Caixinha for his decision to start Carlos Pena in Rangers’ 2-0 Old Firm loss to Celtic at Ibrox on Saturday.
Pena, 27, has struggled to get up to speed ever since signing for the Light Blues from Chivas during the summer transfer window, and that was apparent at the weekend when he looked sluggish in comparison to rest of the players on the pitch.
He was eventually hooked by Caixinha in the 53rd minute, just after Tom Rogic opened the scoring for the visitors, in what was his first Premiership start for the Gers.
Now, ex-Celtic forward Sutton believes that Pena was simply nowhere near the level required to be ready for the Old Firm showdown and it was a “mistake” for Caixinha to have started him.
“There has to be huge question marks, particularly over Carlos Pena and his attitude since he came to Glasgow,” said Sutton on the Daily Record website.
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“He was handed a start on Saturday to show what he can do. He’s had long enough to get fit but was miles off it. He can’t run. He can’t move.
“Whether he was short of fitness or whatever it was a mistake playing him and it was like playing with 10 men in that first half.”
Pena has made six appearances across all competitions since signing for Rangers with his only two starts coming against Celtic and Partick Thistle last Tuesday in the League Cup.
He has managed to score two goals for the Light Blues against Dundee and Partick, but there are still huge doubts about his overall ability to be a star man for the club after coming for a big fee.
Rangers will no doubt be hoping to get their season back on track on Friday when they take on Hamilton in the Premiership.
In other Rangers news, this crocked Gers ace could make a stunning comeback on Friday night.