Graeme Murty: Rangers must take portion of blame for Ibrox failing of 27-year-old
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has admitted the club need to take a share of the blame for Carlos Pena’s disappointing spell with the Ibrox giants as he revealed what he thinks went wrong in Scotland for the 27-year-old.
Pena, 27, is expected to complete a loan move to Liga MX side Cruz Azul and bring an end to a lacklustre six months in Scottish football.
Despite scoring five times in 14 appearances, Pena has struggled to get up to speed with the physical style of Scottish football.
Murty believes Rangers inability to regularly play a shape which suits Pena made it difficult to get the best out of the Mexican.
“Carlos is coming across continents, there’s a different style of play, and all manner of different systems to take into account,” Murty said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“The system that suited him best was the diamond — but we don’t always have the facility to play that way.
“We need to make sure when we get people in we get the best out of them.
“As much as people will question and criticise Carlos, I think we also have to look at ourselves.”
Pena will link up once more with Murty’s predecessor in the Ibrox hotseat, Pedro Caixinha, as he looks to revive his World Cup dream.
The 27-year-old represented Mexico four years ago and will be desperate to prove to El Tri boss Juan Carlos Osorio he is worthy of a place in his 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Pena has 19 caps for his national team and a return to Liga MX with Cruz Azul should put give him an opportunity to impress Osorio.
The midfielder joined Rangers from Chivas Guadalajara.
In other Rangers news, the Gers have tabled a six-figure bid for this international attacker.
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