Medical scheduled: Rangers summer signing on verge of exit - confirmed
Rangers midfielder Carlos Pena has arrived in Mexico to undergo a medical in the coming days ahead of signing for Liga MX side Cruz Azul, it has been confirmed.
The Mexican club announced on their official Twitter account on Sunday that Pena, 27, is on the verge of being officially announced as one of their players in the coming days once he has completed his medical.
Carlos Peña llegó a México y les manda un saludo a la afición celeste; en los próximos días realizará los exámenes médicos y se podrá dar a conocer su pase Oficial a La Máquina.
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— CRUZ AZUL FC ® (@Cruz_Azul_FC) January 7, 2018
The 27-year-old is now due to link up one against with former Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked by the Glasgow side in October.
Pena has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Gers starting XI despite scoring five times in 14 appearances since his £2.2million summer move from Chivas Guadalajara
The Ibrox summer signing has struggled to get to grips with Scottish football and has struggled at times with the pace and physical nature of matches.
Despite that, the midfielder’s impressive goal return has left some fans thinking he could still have had a future at Ibrox although his impending return to Mexico looks as though it will be the end of his short-lived Rangers career.
With a World Cup rapidly approaching, Pena is believed to want to impress Mexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio and earn a place in his 23-man squad for the finals in Russia this summer.
Football Insider verdict
Pena never looked truly comfortable in Scotland so it’s no surprise to see him back in Mexico at the first opportunity. The 27-year-old is much more suited to the slower pace and more technical style of Liga MX and will get a chance to book his place at this summer’s World Cup. Ideally a permanent move would have been agreed to allow a clean break but freeing up some of Pena’s wages is a start and will allow Graeme Murty to strengthen his squad this month. Caixinha’s eagerness to sign him for Cruz Azul backs up a little of the faith the former Rangers boss showed in bringing Pena to Scotland over the summer.
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