'Much more to give' - Caixinha opens up on Rangers midfielder after win
By James Black
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has praised Carlos Pena after the midfielder’s double helped sink St. Johnstone – and said the midfielder has more to offer his side this season.
Pena has now scored five times in eight appearances since his £2.7million move from Chivas Gudalajara in the summer.
The 27-year-old scored in either half against St. Johnstone as he put in his best performance yet for the Gers.
Graham Dorrans also scored with his late goal sealing a comprehensive win.
Caixinha was impressed with Pena but revealed that he thinks there’s more to come from him.
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The Ibrox boss also hailed the win as his side’s best performance of the season as they dominated the game against Tommy Wright’s Saints.
“I think it was definitely his best performance alongside the team’s best performance,” Caixinha told RangersTV, as quoted by the club’s website.
“I believe when teams play compact like this and teams perform together, it is much easier for the key players or the players who can solve games to express themselves even easier.
“So I am pleased for him – I know what type of player we are talking about and I know he still has much more to give.
“It is a question of him keeping believing in himself, us giving him the confidence and keeping working hard.”
The win takes Rangers to within three points ahead of Celtic and Aberdeen ahead of their fixtures on Saturday afternoon.
It also gives them a three point cushion over St. Johnstone as they look to get their title challenge back on track.
Next up for Rangers is a League Cup semi-final against Motherwell at Hampden next Sunday.
The Light Blues are the most successful team in the competition’s history with 27 win and would love to lift their first piece of major silverware since 2011.
In other Rangers news, a £7.5million midfielder is firmly in the running to be the club’s next signing.