Rangers midfielder Carlos Pena is “well aware” of the consequences if he “lapses back into his old ways,” according to Necaxa president Erneston Tinajero after his side signed the Mexican on a ‘sub-loan’ from Rangers.
Pena has checked out of rehab early to join up with his new side after Cruz Azul ended his original loan deal following a series of alcohol-fuelled incidents.
Tinjaero thinks the 28-year-old is “very strong mentally” and called the former international a “natural talent” but issued him with a warning over his behaviour.
“Carlos has promised to give us everything for the next six months and that’s why he wanted to join in our training early,” Tianjero said, as quoted by The Scotsman.
“He seems to be very strong mentally and he is obviously a natural talent. He’s well aware of what the consequences will be if he lapses back into his old ways.
“Yes, it’s a risk, but so is every contract given to every footballer in the world.
“Our manager Marcelo Michel Leano asked me to sign him and I trust his judgement.”
Football Insider verdict:
Whether checking out of rehab early is a good thing or not will remain to be seen but getting the chance to resume his career will definitely be a positive for the midfielder. Hopefully, he can keep himself healthy and not cause the wrong sort of headlines again. If Pena can do well at Necaxa then it could lead to a permanent move, there or somewhere else, when his loan deal comes to an end in January. It seems incredibly unlikely that the former Mexico international will ever be seen at Ibrox again despite having two years left on his contract. This is going to be Pena’s last chance though as clubs simply won’t want to keep taking a gamble on a player who lets them down consistently – on and off the pitch. If Pena blows this chance then it really could the end of his career as a top-flight player.
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