Murty reveals tactical change that enabled underperforming Rangers star to come good
Rangers interim boss Graeme Murty insists Carlos Pena doesn’t “owe” him anything after the Mexican midfielder returned from the cold to score in Rangers 3-0 win over Aberdeen on Wednesday.
Pena made his first appearance since the Scottish League Cup defeat against Motherwell when he started against the Dons on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old scored Rangers’ second goal when he got on the end of Jason Holt’s pass and steered the ball beyond Joe Lewis in the Aberdeen goal to take his tally for the season to five goals in ten appearances.
Murty was delighted that Pena got his name on the scoresheet and admitted that Rangers’ revamped 4-1-2-1-2 formation suited the summer signing.
“Someone asked me if he owed me a performance; he doesn’t owe me anything, he just has to go and perform,” Murty said, as quoted by the Sunday Post.
“I was particularly pleased he got in there and scored a goal, that’s what he’s good at.
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“The shape suited him, having those people around him in the middle of the pitch. That’s why you bring him into the team, to arrive in the box like that.
“There were elements of our play from other people that allowed him to thrive in that position, which I was really pleased about.”
Pena joined the Gers for £2.2million from Chivas Guadalajara as Pedro Caixinha rebuilt the Ibrox side’s squad with 11 new faces joining the club after a disastrous campaign last season.
Despite being Rangers’ biggest summer signing, fans of the Ibrox giants had to wait several week to get their first glimpse of the Mexican international.
The midfielder’s form has varied wildly since his move as he goes from looking like a player who could really do so damage in the Scottish Premiership to falling over the ball trying to control a pass.
In the latest Rangers news, Murty has had his say on Wednesday’s game against the Dons.