By Richard Parks
Rangers midfielder Carlos Pena is set to have his loan deal at Mexican side Cruz Azul ripped up this week as he pays the price for some shocking off-field behaviour, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim the Mexico international will be dismissed after being caught urinating in a fountain and verbally abusing team staff.
It is said that Pena, 28, was also caught buying a six-pack of beer in his club kit after a training session, and an internal review has now concluded that his loan will be terminated.
Pena, who stands at 5ft 7in, was signed last summer by Pedro Cainxinha for £2million from Guadalajara but he made little impact before he was loaned out to Cruz Azul in January on a 12-month deal.
The Scottish Sun reported that the midfielder was ordered to play for the Under-20s as punishment at the weekend and he will be told this week that his loan deal is over.
It has been reported elsewhere that Cruz Azul can terminate the deal because of behaviour clauses that he has broken.
Football Insider verdict:
This is terrible news for Rangers, who had hoped that Pena might rehabilitate his career in more familiar surroundings back in Mexico, with the aim that his performances might persuade a club to make an offer of a permanent contract. Cruz Azul have clearly washed their hands of him and will take advantage of clauses in the loan deal to send him back to Ibrox. It appears that Pena might have a problem and has been offered rehabilitation by his Mexican club. That might be an idea before he heads back to Scotland. As it is, Rangers will be left with a player they don’t want and who doesn’t want to be there. But, who’s going to want to buy him now? He is damaged goods.