Cruz Azul manager Pedro Caixinha has confirmed that he could tear up Carlos Pena’s loan deal early and send the Rangers midfielder back to Ibrox.
Pena, 28, is treading on thin ice in Mexico after failing to perform since moving to Cruz Azul on loan in January to make him the nation’s second-highest paid player.
The 19-times Mexico international had been in terrible form for the Light Blues after Caixinha welcomed him to Ibrox in the summer for a fee over £2million, but he was offered a second chance by the Portuguese manager after he found a new job in Mexico City.
However the Scottish Sun has reported that Pena had been spotted buying beer in the Cruz Azul training kit, and that, added to his woeful performances, has led to Caixinha threatening the midfielder that he could be sent back to Ibrox early with his loan deal currently due to end in December.
“Carlos should know that sometimes in life, people don’t get a chance like he has had…and certainly not two,” he said, as quoted by the Sun.
“The mentality we want here is players who know what it takes to become and behave like a professional footballer.
“So I have to decide what intervention to take with him.
“These range from a variety of fines or we can end his contract now.
“He is under contract until the end of the year but in extreme cases, we can call it off and say to him, ‘Thank you Carlos and goodbye’.”
Football Insider verdict
This may not be a bad thing for Rangers because it means that they could get rid of him for good in the summer transfer window rather than him spending the rest of 2018 on loan at Cruz Azul before trying to sell him in January 2019. Pena has been one of the worst signings ever made at Ibrox. His attitude stinks, he cost too much and his ability to keep himself fit is nothing short of shambolic. Caixinha was very generous to offer him a second chance but the Portuguese manager’s faith has clearly been put in the wrong place with Pena’s career now spiralling out of control. Good luck to the next manager who is brave enough – or daft enough – to sign him.