Former Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has pleaded with Cruz Azul fans for “patience” with on-loan Rangers midfielder Carlos Pena after the 27-year-old was booed by his own fans.
The Mexican midfielder returned to his homeland to be reunited with the man who brought him to Ibrox on a 12-month loan deal after a disappointing six-month spell with the Ibrox giants.
After making his first start for his new side, Pena was booed by fans when he was replaced after 58 minutes as they lost at home to Puebla in the Copa MX.
Caixinha insisted – with remarkable similarity to his time in Scotland – that Pena needed to be given time to “readjust” to Mexican football after his brief spell in Scotland.
“Carlos will need a period of time to readjust to Mexican football,” Caixinha said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“He was away from Mexico and also needs time to get used to playing with his new team mates. So my message to our fans is to have some patience with Carlos.
“It’s always disappointing to lose in the Cup, especially after our good win at Chivas at the weekend.”
Pena joined Rangers in the summer for £2.2million from Chivas Guadalajara but struggled to hold down a regular first-team place at Ibrox.
Despite his irregular appearances, the Mexican international scored five times in fourteen appearances before leaving the Gers when the transfer window opened.
Pena is under contract at Ibrox until summer of 2020 although it is unlikely that the Mexican midfielder will return to Scottish football.
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