By James Black
Rangers interim manager Graeme Murty has confirmed Carlos Pena is part of his squad for the trip to face Dundee on Friday night – and revealed the Mexican midfielder has been available despite being axed from the matchday squad recently.
Pena hasn’t been seen near a Gers line-up since the Scottish League Cup semi-final defeat to Motherwell with many Rangers fans assuming the 27-year-old’s Rangers career was as good as over.
Since moving to Ibrox over the summer for Mexican side Chivas Guadalajara, Pena has been a massive disappointment with only a handful of appearances to his name so far.
Murty revealed that Pena could come into the side for the clash with Dundee and admitted that the midfielder has always been available since Murty took the reins last month.
“Carlos is part of the squad for Dundee and has been in with the group the whole time,” Murty said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“He seems settled and is very jovial and goes about his work with no problem.
“He’s good to be around – he’s bright and lively and ready to go forward as part of the squad.”
Despite only giving fans fleeting glimpses of his ability, Pena has popped up with four goals across all competitions for the Ibrox giants since his move.
It’s unlikely that Pena will start against Dundee but the Mexican international could make an appearance from the bench against Neil McCann’s side as Rangers look to close the gap on second-place Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.
A win over Dundee would take the Gers level on points with Derek McInnes’ side before they play later this weekend – and ahead of back-to-back clashed between the two sides.
In other Rangers team news, the club has received an apology following some untrue stories that were written about Bruno Alves